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AXMINSTER: Parking trial boost for the town centre shops

Tuesday, 06 May 2014

A car park charge trial “beneficial to the health and vitality of Axminster” is supported by district council officers. The proposal will become reality if East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Cabinet approves it tomorrow (Wednesday) Axminster Chamber of Commerce has lobbied EDDC to cap car park charges at £2 per day (from 10am) during a trial period. It is felt that such an initiative would boost trade by encouraging shoppers to come to the town or stay longer. Following negotiations, EDDC officers are recommending that (from May 8th until October 31st and subject to an option for EDDC to withdraw the offer without prior notice) a tariff of £2 maximum per day from after 10am in any of EDDC’s pay and display car parks in Axminster be introduced. An EDDC report said: “The council currently has an opportunity to respond to local need and to continue to develop its parking policy in a sensitive way without putting revenue income at risk. “The proposal has been assessed as being beneficial to the health and vitality of Axminster.” EDDC owns and operates pay and display car parks in West Street, South Street, Coombe Lane and Poplar Mount. The report explained: “Whilst Coombe Lane is available at a low tariff (£1.50 per day), our long stay car parks at West Street and Poplar Mount charge visitors £1 per hour (£3 all day) and our short stay car parks in West Street and South Street charge £1 per hour right to up a £10 maximum daily charge. “Representatives of the chamber of commerce have told us that town centre business reported a considerable benefit arising from our Christmas 2013 offer which capped the maximum daily charge in all car parks to just £2. “That offer was designed to encourage visitors to spend more time (and perhaps money) in the town without having to worry about rushing back to a car park because their pay and display session was about to end.” Axminster Chamber of Commerce met on April 28th, and members were cautiously optimistic of a positive outcome on May 7th. Chairman Lisa Lyman asked any trader who had benefitted from the Christmas offer 2013 to get in touch, if they had not already done so, as more evidence would strengthen the proposal’s chances of success. She can be contacted by e-mailing


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