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Sidmouth Park-and-Ride not in the plans

  • by JW

We need to do something to cut the number of cars coming into town:

Relieving pressure on roads and car parks


One idea to help with traffic congestion in Sidmouth is Park and Ride:
Futures Forum: How to revive the health of Sidmouth’s high street >>> “multi-storey or park-and-ride?”

But where would it go?
Futures Forum: Knowle relocation project: “Sidmouth’s tourist industry cannot afford to lose visitor parking.” And yet “the park and walk facility will probably be lost to visitors permanently.”
Futures Forum: A Park & Ride route for Sidmouth >>> Knowle Park to Connaught Gardens

Would a bus service be provided?
Futures Forum: Is it ‘Park & Change’ or ‘Park & Ride’?
Futures Forum: District Council draft Local Plan: and Park & Change

Who would provide the land – and at what price?
Futures Forum: Persimmon, Sidmouth and “promoting well-designed housing that is sustainable and provides much-needed new housing…”
Futures Forum: Developers ‘forcing’ local councils to allow more housing… as long as its not affordable housing


The Herald online leads with a piece showing a map of the ‘potential’ park-and-ride/change site – although such a map does not actually exist:


Sidmouth’s prospect of having a park-and-ride has ‘gone’, county councillor says

A much-needed ‘park-and-change’ could reduce Sidmouth’s traffic problems, but it does not look like the town will be getting one any time soon.

Mooted for several years, such a scheme would see motorists park outside the town and catch a bus, car-share or cycle in.

County councillor Stuart Hughes, who is responsible for highways, said any ‘real prospect’ of having such a development had gone, as land for a site has not been included in the local plan or the neighbourhood plan.

Persimmons Homes owns a parcel of land off Woolbrook Road, between Higher Woolbrook Park and Greenway Lane. The developer had agreed to give up some of the land and build a park-and-ride/change if it was successful in obtaining permission to develop the site for housing. However Persimmons’ land was not included in either plan…

Sidmouth’s prospect of having a park-and-ride has ‘gone’, county councillor says