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BEER: Parking concession

Thursday, 15 May 2014

BEER traders have won a concession from East Devon District Council over the plan to impose 24 hours parking charges in the central long stay car park. Following talks between district councillor Geoff Pook and EDDC officials, a compromise has been offered which received over-whelming support from Beer Parish Council. “East Devon have suggested we have a number of spaces in the central car park designated for short stay in the day and then free in the evenings,” said Councillor Pook. “That would help the traders as people coming into Beer in the day for a few hours would have somewhere to park plus in the evening free parking for visitors to the local restaurants and alike. I think it would be a good solution.” Councillor Pook explained that around 33 places would be made available in the central long stay cark park – which has a capacity for around 225 vehicles – in addition to ten places in the Beach Court car park which has recently been taken over by the district council and in which permit holders will not be allowed to park. Parish councillors also suggested that the short stay bays should be provided along the left hand side of the central car park leading up towards the surgery and that they should be clearly marked to avoid any confusion. “It would certainly help solve the evening problem,” said Councillor Mike Green. Councillor Pook said there was a balance to be struck between providing long and short stay parking and he felt the district council officials had reacted positively to complaints from Beer traders, who had feared that 24 hour parking charges would discourage visitors from coming to the village to use the restaurants and pubs in the evening. Previously visitors to Beer in the evening could take advantage of free parking in the main village car park from 6pm until 8am, but under new charges imposed last month they face charges of 50 pence per 30 minutes or £6 for 24 hours. The new short-term charge looks set to be £3 for four hours. “There will now be 43 free places free for parking at night time and I think that should keep the traders happy,” added Councillor Pook.

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