Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Parking consultation for Sidmouth: deadline Friday 22nd June

Another piece of news from the Vision Group website: 

Sidmouth parking and permits

June 18, 2018 mwtNews

Devon District Council is running a parking consultation for Sidmouth. It is possible that a well designed scheme could ease many of Sidmouth’s problems especially during the holiday season.

Don’t ignore this consultation but pop along to fill in the Questionnairebefore 22nd June, 3 days only remain!!!!

Sidmouth parking and permits - Vision Group for Sidmouth

The only problem is that Sidmouth has a large number of people commuting into town to work - as the recent application for an industrial estate at Sidford has shown:

> Sidmouth is the only settlement (besides Axminster) in East Devon which has more people commuting into town for work: the Chamber carried out detailed analysis of the figures, concluding that “taking into account very low unemployment, and a declining population of working people… the majority [of the workforce] will undoubtedly be sucked in from outside the town, thus INCREASING commuting.”

Futures Forum: VGS comment on Fords planning application 18/1094/MOUT >>> "there is no proven need for this particular business park"
Futures Forum: Sidford business park >>> Town Council rejects application

- which would mean that if a 'residents permit scheme' were introduced, the Valley's workers - who cannot afford to live where they work - would be penalised even further than now:
Futures Forum: Affordable housing in East Devon
Futures Forum: A solution to our housing problems > more affordable homes for first-time buyers to be built and protection for those who rent.

Here's the County Council website: 


Sidmouth parking

The purpose of this consultation is to seek the view of the community in Sidmouth to determine the demand for residents’ parking in Sidmouth.

It is important that we know the current views of everyone who might be affected by new restrictions, and responses will contribute towards the final decision:

Background information and permit types available

Have your say

Feedback about the proposals can be submitted using our online questionnaire.

The deadline for responses is 22 June 2018.

Sidmouth parking - Have Your Say

And here's the piece from the Herald: 

Consultation on residents’ parking scheme in Sidmouth set to begin

28 May 2018

Beth Sharp

A consultation which could see a number of Sidmouth roads changed to residents’ parking only will soon arrive through householders’ doors. The places under consideration include Sidford Road, Manstone Lane, Alexandria Road, Station Road and some areas on The Esplanade and by the River Sid. If it gets the go-ahead, the scheme would mean drivers will need a residents’ permit to stop-off in the streets.

The Devon County Council (DCC) review focuses on issues in areas near the town centre where residents typically do not have off-street parking and may experience displacement from vehicles used by shoppers and commuters, making parking near their homes difficult.

Garland Pickard, of Riverside, hit out at DCC bosses this week following what he claimed was months of radio silence on the matter. He said residents have been struggling with parking issues for more than a decade. Mr Pickard added that, in January, the authority announced it would be launching a review and planned to send letters within a month to ask residents whether they felt residents’ parking permits were needed. “The situation has now become intolerable as some people, when they find a space, leave their vehicles for at least three weeks or more, and I reported two vehicles to the police when one had been parked-up for over four months, and the other for five months,” said Mr Pickard.

County councillor Stuart Hughes, who is responsible for highways management, was contacted by the Herald this week. He said there had been a delay in sending out the consultation letters on residents’ parking because of data protection laws. Councillor Hughes added that the council discovered that, in order to comply with the laws, they would need to send out another two or three pages of A4 information explaining data protection - costing more than they initially expected. “I’m pleased to advise that we have now found a way of shortening this additional information,” said Cllr Hughes. He added that the documents were issued to the printers on May 4 and are due to go to the post room on Thursday, May 31.

The consultation will then officially begin on Friday, June 1, and will end on June 22.

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