A public meeting in Devizes will debate whether there should be residents’ parking in the town and on-street parking spaces should be free.

In advance of consultation by Wiltshire Council, as it undertakes a review of car parking across the county, The Trust for Devizes has organised an open meeting for residents to give their views on parking in Devizes.

Trust member and traffic engineer Tony Sedgwick said: “There’s nothing that creates hot air more than parking. This is a chance for the people of Devizes to have a chance to put forward informal views, which we will submit to Wiltshire Council.”

At the meeting, he will speak on how many spaces there are and the cost of parking in Devizes.

Wiltshire councillor Philip Whitehead, portfolio holder for highways, will speak about the review and David Dawson, director of Wiltshire Museum in Devizes, will speak about the importance of parking to retailers, followed by questions and discussion.

Mr Sedgwick said: “One of the arguments is should we introduce residents’ parking to defend against commuter parking in Victoria Road and Commercial Road.”

The trust has produced a questionnaire and has asked people to fill it in and bring it to the meeting.

The questionnaire is at www.trustfordevizes.info and the meeting is on Friday, June 6, starting at 7.30pm in the town hall.