Raising car parking charges – and threatening the viability of small businesses

The District Council needs the cash – so it’s putting up the price of parking:

Raising car parking charges is about raising revenue – not about reducing emissions

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This is not only crass but very badly thought-out.

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On the one hand it complains to central government that it’s not getting any help in reviving its high streets:

Axminster town centre funding bid rejected – Midweek Herald

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But on the other hand the council is squeezing its own high street businesses, as reported in the Herald:

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Plans to turn Sidmouth car park into pay-and-display facility could force closure of pet shop

James McLean, who runs Sidmouth Pets with his wife Liza, said earmarked plans for Temple Street car park has ignited serious fears that his business could suffer from a prolonged lack of trade.

Members of East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) Cabinet will meet on October 2 to discuss the proposals to scrap the current two-hour free parking at Temple Street in favour of a pay-and-display facility.

Plans to turn Sidmouth car park into pay-and-display facility could force closure of pet shop

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And yet, back in January 2018, the council voted against increasing prices:

Futures Forum: Car parking charge rises are ‘unpopular and are to the detriment of our town centre economies’

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Because business hubs like Temple Street need encouragement and not further obstacles:

Futures Forum: How to revive the health of high streets > businesses thriving on Temple Street

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And there are still businesses at work:

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