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Public opinion sought on pay and display in Ilfracombe

Pay and display machine
The council plans to install pay-and-display machines in Ilfracombe

Plans to end free on-street parking in a Devon town have been on display.

People are being asked to comment on proposals to introduce pay-and-display machines in Ilfracombe. Currently parking is free for one hour.

Opponents to the plans claim the charges could have a negative effect on trade in the town.

The council maintains the scheme should make parking easier and enable better monitoring. The plans were displayed at the Lantern Centre on Tuesday.

The planned introduction of ticket machines in Ilfracombe is part of a countywide review of parking in Devon's market and coastal towns.

Similar schemes, which are designed to increase the turnover of parking spaces in order to make the towns more accessible to visitors, are also being considered in Combe Martin and Seaton.

The council says the new scheme would be less likely to be abused by drivers as it is easier for wardens to check who has stayed over their allotted time.

Pay-and-display will be a fact of life in time to come for most towns and can be flexible
Geoff Fowler, Devon County Councillor

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: "It is important for the public to be part of the process to allow the scheme to be developed in a way that works best for the community."

Councillor Geoff Fowler, Devon County Councillor for Ilfracombe, added: "Pay-and-display will be a fact of life in time to come for most towns and can be flexible.

"We need to find a way how it can help our economy and hopefully any residents parking schemes that could come forward thereafter."



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