“Last month, East Devon District Council’s cabinet agreed to launch a consultation process on increasing the hourly tariff in nine car parks from £1 to £1.20.
If approved, the following car parks would be affected: Lace Walk (Honiton), West Street (Axminster), Orchard (Seaton), Central (Beer), Ham East, Ham West, Roxburgh and Mill Street (Sidmouth), Rolle Mews (Budleigh Salterton), London Inn, Imperial Road and Queen’s Drive (Exmouth).
The district council says the proposals would allow ‘more efficient management’ of the car parks and encourage motorists to use the less popular facilities.
The decision has been called into scrutiny by councillor Mike Howe.
Scrutiny has the right to request any decision made by the cabinet or a portfolio holder be discussed by them, with a view to make recommendations, prior it being implemented.
The scrutiny meeting will take place on Thursday, October 24, from 6pm, at Blackdown House, in Honiton.”
Which bit about our High Streets being in crisis does the council leadership NOT understand? High street retail is under heavy pressure from the internet, many large chains are cutting their rents to survive, there are huge calls to lower business rates, and EDDC want to discourage high street shoppers by raising car parking charges still further?