Cheap parking offer returns to East Devon

PUBLISHED: 13:25 27 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:25 27 October 2016

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Winter shoppers will be able to benefit from cheaper car parking in East Devon, thanks to a returning offer from the district council.

Between November 1 and March 31, East Devon District Council (EDDC) car parks will allow motorists to park all day after 10am for £2.

EDDC says the temporary tariff will not only support local shops over the run-up to Christmas, but will also help boost trade during the traditionally quieter months of January and February.

EDDC also says it won’t just be shops that benefit, as the almost all-day ticket will encourage people to use local cafes, restaurants and pubs and to linger longer over a cup of coffee or a meal.

Last year the offer ran for three months, and business leaders have welcomed this year’s extension.

Chairman of the East Devon Chamber of Commerce Colin Wright said: “The offer was a tremendous success last year across East Devon.

“The five month reduced tariff will be a real bonus for both locals and visitors and will encourage more people to come out and spend their money. We are immensely grateful to the council for supporting East Devon businesses with this very generous car parking concession.”

Councillor Iain Chubb, EDDC’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “We want to support our town centres as much as we can through the quieter winter months.

“All the feedback we have received from last year’s parking offer showed that it was a great success.

“It’s a tough time for towns, so we want to do all we can to help traders and the district’s chambers of commerce.

“It will be interesting to see how the five month concession affects trade, but first I’d like to thank all our customers who took advantage of last year’s offer – your custom was a big boost to the local economy.”

EDDC says motorists should note that tickets will not show the expiry time of midnight, but parking officers will be checking that £2 has been paid after 10am, allowing parking for the rest of the day.


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