Fears of parking space losses leads to Devizes Town Council setting up working group (From This Is Wiltshire)
Fears of parking space losses leads to Devizes Town Council setting up working group
Fear over a review of parking in Wiltshire has led to Devizes Town Council setting up a working party to express its concerns.
Town councillors were concerned that, as a result of the Wiltshire Council review, Devizes would lose more parking spaces.
The consultation document states its intention to “use parking controls as a means of managing traffic, improving environmental quality or encouraging the use of sustainable transport modes”.
Coun Jeff Ody said: “Parking is parking and not a tool to manage traffic and improve environmental quality. Parking in Devizes taken as a whole works rather well and I strongly object to it being used as a way to achieve environmental objectives.”
But Coun Nigel Carter said a change of policy could benefit the town.
He said: “I feel very strongly that a change of policy to encourage more parking in Station Road by giving motorists a preferential rate would help. The cost of parking down there exceeds the income of people on the minimum wage.”
Councillors set up a working party of councillors Andy Geddes and Ted East to come up with a response on behalf of the town council to the consultation.
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