Plan is parked as con­fu­sion over­takes re­view of traf­fic

Herald Express - - News - BY DANIEL CLARK

THE FU­TURE of park­ing in Teign­mouth has been de­ferred for three months af­ter the town coun­cil changed their view on pro­pos­als only hours be­fore­hand at what was de­scribed as a “chaotic meet­ing”.

The Teign­bridge High­ways and Traf­fic Or­ders Com­mit­tee was due to com­mis­sion a re­view of the Teign­mouth Traf­fic Man­age­ment Re­view, ini­tially im­ple­mented in the town in March 2017.

But the meet­ing heard that at an ear­lier Teign­mouth Town Coun­cil meet­ing, the coun­cil had voted al­most unan­i­mously to change its com­ments on the pro­pos­als, and rather than sup­port the re­view, re­quested that win­ter park­ing charges on the Up­per Den car­riage­way be re­voked, but a plan to stop park­ing be im­ple­mented, and that the res­i­dents’ park­ing zones in­tro­duced in 2017 be re­voked.

The Teign­bridge HATOC agreed to de­fer any de­ci­sion un­til its next meet­ing in Fe­bru­ary and that of­fi­cers start talks now to come up with a so­lu­tion.

The pre­vi­ously in­tro­duced traf­fic re­view saw res­i­dents park­ing in­tro­duced in all or sec­tions of Bit­ton Park Road, Boscawen Place, Dai­monds Lane, Ex­eter Street, Glad­stone Ter­race, Grove Av­enue, Hey­woods Road, Higher Brim­ley Road, Land­score Close, Sal­is­bury Ter­race, Shute Hill, Shute Hill Cres­cent and Win­ter­bourne Road in­tro­duced; a 30-minute free pe­riod in Wellington Street; a one-way sys­tem im­ple­mented from west to east on Higher Brim­ley Road; and ex­tend­ing the clo­sure peri- od on the Up­per Den Prom­e­nade to cover May 1 to Septem­ber 10 but in­tro­duc­ing pay and dis­play when the road is open.

Joan Atkins, a res­i­dent rep­re­sent­ing 98 peo­ple who live within the res­i­dents’ park­ing zone, said Teign­mouth Town Coun­cil had ig­nored their views.

She said: “The res­i­dents’ park­ing zone has worked well. The air qual­ity has im­proved, the safety of res­i­dents has im­proved, and stress lev­els and dam­age to prop­erty has been re­duced. The res­i­dents’ park­ing zone has given respite for the res­i­dents liv­ing there. It needs some tweaks, but there is no rea­son to re­move the whole zone as the town coun­cil seems to want. Teign­mouth’s park­ing prob­lems won’t be solved by re­mov­ing this and re­mov­ing it would be a ret­ro­grade step.”

But Cllr Sylvia Rus­sell, who rep­re­sents Teign­mouth on Devon County Coun­cil, said the res­i­dents’ park­ing zone in the town has “not been as suc­cess­ful as peo­ple like to think and the dis­place­ment of other ve­hi­cles has had a di­vi­sive ef­fect”.

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