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Council to consider end of free parking in Devon towns

Pay and display machine
The council said the plans were about efficiency, not raising revenue

Free parking in three of Devon's coastal and market towns could be at an end as Devon County Council considers introducing pay and display machines.

Seaton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin are the subject of plans aimed at giving visitors more "opportunity to park" by increasing the turnover of spaces.

Ilfracombe will also increase parking capacity as part of the plans.

Devon County Council said rates would be kept low as the scheme had not been designed to raise money.

A spokesman said: "The ethos is of increasing efficiency not revenue raising. Expanding pay and display will improve turnover in parking and make enforcement more efficient and more cost effective."

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