Buses: 'Not in our back yard'

A SUGGESTION on how to temporarily solve bus parking problems has been rejected by the district council.

A SUGGESTION on how to temporarily solve bus parking problems has been rejected by the district council.The long-running battle by bus company Stagecoach to find a home for the fleet that services Sidmouth raised its head last week following complaints the company was breaching planning rules by parking double deckers at Potbury's Yard.The company moved the buses back to Potbury's Yard after being told to leave the Alexandria Road Industrial Estate before Christmas.District councillor Stuart Hughes suggested the short term solution of allowing Stagecoach to park its buses in the bottom car park at EDDC headquarters at the Knowle"This is empty in the morning and late in the evening when the buses need somewhere to go," said Mr Hughes.He also suggested that EDDC, Devon County Council and Stagecoach should get together to see if a park and ride scheme could be set up in the future.He added: "This would solve two issues, Sidmouth's parking problems and where to put buses."Mr Hughes spoke after being contacted by residents living near the site who were unhappy and called on EDDC to allow the company to use the Knowle car park.An East Devon District Council spokesman said: "We do not believe that the location of large vehicles such as buses, some of them double deckers and all of them with noisy engines, would be appropriate at the Knowle, any more than it was in nearby Alexandria Road, both of which are residential neighbourhoods."He added, as part of a consultation this spring on the Local Development Framework core strategy, EDDC would consider the issues of public transport and parking provision and the possibility of a park and ride site in Sidmouth.

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