Pay-and-display plans for Temple Street car park shelved

PUBLISHED: 15:09 25 October 2019

Temple Street car park in Sidmouth. Ref shs 39 19TI 1669. Picture: Terry Ife

Temple Street car park in Sidmouth. Ref shs 39 19TI 1669. Picture: Terry Ife

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Shoppers and commuters using Sidmouth's free Temple Street car park have been given a reprieve as plans to introduce a pay-and-display charge have been shelved.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) was proposing to introduce a tariff to the facility as part of sweeping changes to parking charges.

Earlier this month, EDDC cabinet agreed to launch a consultation process on increasing the charge in some car parks from £1 to £1.20.

However, they could not agree to consult on the introduction of a charge in free car parks.

Manor Farm Estate and Blackmore Gardens car parks would also be affected, as would the School Lane facility, in Newton Poppleford.

The district council said a newly set up sub-committee, set up to look at car park charges, could look at it in the future.

An EDDC spokesman said: "The issue will no doubt be considered again as part of the TAFF (task and finish forum)."

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