Council giveaway to boost economy
Whilst many councils have lost considerable sums from parking charges because of lockdown, Mid Devon Council's happy to lose a bit more in a bid to kick-start the local economy.
Shops, businesses and restaurants closed for lockdown months could benefit, as well as customers, if the two-hour grace period in one car park in each of Tiverton, Cullompton and Crediton works. It's being introduced for Augst and September only.
Cllr Alex White, cabinet member for finance, said: "By offering an element of free parking, we’re able to balance the need to secure some income from parking to maintain our service delivery, whilst encouraging more time in our High Streets and spending in our local businesses.”
As well as free parking, the council has supported businesses with grant schemes and has issued more than £20 million so far. Deputy chief executive Andrew Jarrett said: “We’re lucky they’ve been able to quickly adapt to ensure the funds were released to those who needed it in Mid Devon, as soon as possible. We’re working with business forums and the county council to ensure this work continues as the lockdown eases and the focus turns towards economic recovery, with the strict safety measures in place.”
The following car parks will allow a two hour free parking period between 8 am and 6 pm:
Market Place, Tiverton
Market Street, Crediton
Station Road, Cullompton
A 'free ticket' from the machine must still be displayed on arrival by entering the last 3 digits of the car's registration number and pressing the green button to print.