Anticipated busy holiday season
Parking charges in some North Devon car parks this summer are set to be hiked to cope with the expectation that demand for holidays will be so high.
North Devon Council’s strategy and resources committee is being recommended to charge an extra 40p per hour on some of their coastal car parks between April and October.
Councillors are being told that it is likely that because of the restriction on overseas holidays, North Devon will again see a high number of visitors during this coming season, and the charges would result in an additional income of £118,833.72 for the council.
During the summer of 2020, North Devon experienced very high numbers of visitors after the first lockdown was lifted, but also resulted in some quite well-publicised issues in some of the coastal resorts with local roads being blocked by parked vehicles.
North Devon Council’s chief executive Ken Miles, in his report to next Monday’s meeting, said: “It is likely that because of the restriction on overseas holidays, North Devon will again see a high number of visitors during this coming season.
“It is not possible to increase capacity within car parks to try to accommodate additional usage but measures can be introduced to try to manage demand through the use of parking charges and the aim would not be to reduce usage in car parks but to perhaps try to alleviate the situation experienced last year.
“It is clear from modelling that introducing an increase in car parking charges would increase the income to the council and a 40p per hour increase in charges would result in an additional income of £118,833.72 based on the same ticket sales from 2019/20.”
The Pier, Cove, Marine Drive, and Hele car parks in Ilfracombe, as well as in Croyde and Mortehoe, are the car parks proposed to see the rise.
Currently, holidays are banned under coronavirus restrictions, but under Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown, it is rumoured that June will see them once again allowed.