People's views are being sought on proposals to introduce Pay and Display parking on Sidmouth Esplanade.

Consultations took place in Sidmouth on December 1 which allowed residents to see the full plans.

The public will then have 21 days to view the proposals on the Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) and comment through the parking pages on DCC’s website. The proposals follow a review of parking management agreed by DCC’s Cabinet in November last year.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s cabinet Member for Highways Management, said: “I understand there may be concerns about Pay & Display, and that is why we have talked to local groups and elected members to ensure that the first hour parking is free.

“Pay & Display has been in place in many communities in Devon for some years and we believe it is one of the components that is needed to ensure a healthy high street and community.

“It encourages turnover of parking spaces thereby increasing the availability of town centre parking in busy areas, it reduces congestion and may encourage some to walk and cycle more.”

Comments received through the consultation will be considered before any final decision is made.