Will we have to pay for on-street parking in Tavistock?

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By katef1 | Thursday, July 14, 2011, 16:51

People in Tavistock are outraged after a traffic order publication suggesting that parking meters may be introduced in our town was released by Devon County Council earlier this week.

The initial plans for on street pay and display meters in Tavistock were dropped in January after large numbers of the public voiced their objections. However, seven months on local people and business are despairing after public opinion has seemingly been ignored.

There are fears that the inclusion of parking meters in Tavistock will deter shoppers and tourists from visiting the town, adding extra worry to small businesses. MP Geoffrey Cox has been outspoken with his criticism against the scheme and said that parking machines are 'not appropriate for some market towns'.

Despite adverse reaction from some parties, and the order never being officially approved, the council spent nearly £300,000 on the new parking meters last year. In his letter to the Tavistock Times, Tavistock Town Cllr Councilor said: "They clearly decided, perhaps in smoke filled rooms, to make the decision to implement them before all county councillors voted on the issue. Call me cynical, but this has the appearance of arrogance."

A Devon County Council representative confirmed that the new pay and display meters would be used to replace existing machines.

General consensous is that the Council seem to have gone back on their word, though Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council's cabinet member for highways and transportation, did imply that the plans weren't fully laid to rest in January. He said: "We're not scrapping this process, we're simply taking a step back to allow us some time to talk in more detail.

"We've listened to what people are saying and we've heard that towns do have problems with traffic. But we need to be able to look again at each town and come up with a comprehensive traffic management plan for each of them. Some form of park and display may well form part of those plans."

The draft admendment order lists thirty Devon towns including Tavistock and Okehampton. Click on the links below to view the full publications:

Devon County Council (Traffic Regulations & Parking Places) Amendment Order 2011 – DRAFT ORDER

Devon County Council (Traffic Regulations & Parking Places) Amendment Order 2011 – ADVERT

Tavistock plans (pages 8 and 9)

The consultation period ends on  5th August 2011, and all comments need to be submitted by then. If you would like to voice your thoughts on the matter you can write to the County Solicitor at County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD, or visit the website at www.devon.gov.uk/traffic-orders. Alternativley you can leave your comments below, and I'll make sure that all posts beginning with FAO DCC get forwarded to the relevant person on mass.

We had several threads relating to the 2010 parking meter proposals on tavistockpeople. Click here to view some of the discussions.

It appears that not all Tavistock residents are opposed to the scheme. A comment left on one discussion reads: 'I personally don't see this as a bad thing ... It will stop people from leaving their cars in one spot all day long. Hey, I might actually be able to get a good parking space now.'

Another post states: 'No parking meters! It will play into the hands of the supermarkets and drive bussiness away from the market and small town shops.'

A comment on the 'Tavistock Against Parking Meter Machines' Facebook group, set up in November 2010, reads: 'On Devon County Council (parking tax) and West Devon Borough Council (urban sprawl) - people are just becoming cash cows to these two Councils. If people do not speak up, they will be milked further.'

What are your thoughts on the matter? Don't forget to start your comments with FAO DCC if you'd like them to be forwarded on.






  • Profile image for MTS Rider Training

    Now we wait and find out what happens next.......!

    By MTS Rider Training at 19:19 on 06/08/11

  • Profile image for cheerio123

    Very good point! Have they considered that I wonder?? What a joke. The council really could write a manual on how to alienate people.

    By cheerio123 at 18:56 on 06/08/11

  • Profile image for MTS Rider Training

    It is free in the supermarket - guess people will gravitate there instead?

    I ride a bike and will not pay as it has no where to safely display.


    By MTS Rider Training at 09:34 on 29/07/11

  • Profile image for foxinthebox10

    Look, I've said it before and I'll say it again: It wouldn't be the end of the world if we have to pay for parking. 40p for an hour isn't going to break the bank, and if individuals want to pop into town that amount really isn't going to deter them. Yes, ok you may lose a few spontaneous shoppers that are just popping in for one item, but then you'll probably gain more through the people that are happier to pay for a decent central on-street parking space (as opposed to having to walk from meadowlands). I do feel that small towns love a controversy and having something to moan about. Before you all jump down my throat please realise that everyone is entitled to an opinion. It may not even happen.

    By foxinthebox10 at 15:59 on 27/07/11

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    What are the reasons for wanting to install on street parking? Surley the cost of installing it, checking it, and maintaining it is going to cost loads so its not like the council are doing it to raise more funds. We have great parking in Tvaistock at the moment. You can normally get somewhere along one of the main streets and if not you can always use one of the four car parks. Leave it how it is.

    By tabs2010 at 11:21 on 25/07/11

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