Raising car parking charges: controversial or more efficient?

The District Council has not handled its proposals for increasing car parking charges well:

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

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

Raising car parking charges: “Given the current state of the high street, this is not the time to put up prices.”

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It really is a mess:

Bid to change district council constitution to stop parking price hikes

Forum set up to consider EDDC car parking proposals

Pay-and-display at Temple Street would be final ‘nail in the coffin’ for traders

Parking charge increases could be ‘death knell’ for East Devon high streets

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

‘Absurd’ plans to hike up prices at Sidmouth car parks could ‘spell disaster’ for town centre

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Temple Street’s businesses rely on the car park:

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Another one bites the dust © Anthony Vosper cc-by-sa/2.0 …

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The Herald reports on how the council will be revisiting this:

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Extraordinary scrutiny meeting called to discuss parking tariff increase

An extraordinary scrutiny meeting has been called to discuss controversial plans to increase car parking charges.

The district council says the proposals would allow ‘more efficient management’ of the car parks and encourage motorists to use the less popular facilities.

Extraordinary scrutiny meeting called to discuss parking tariff increase | Sidmouth Herald

   
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