Will we have to pay for on-street parking in Tavistock?
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.
Parking meters in Tavistock?
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:
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.