Fears of parking space losses leads to Devizes Town Council setting up working group (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Fears of parking space losses leads to Devizes Town Council setting up working group
10:00am Thursday 15th May 2014 in News
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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