PARKING charges in the Market Place in Devizes will begin from August 1, as decision makers continue to debate the future of the central area in town.

Drivers will have to pay for parking using their mobile phones until a cash payment machine is fitted.

The Marlet Place had been earmarked to become fully pedestrianised, but public calls to keep parking spaces there forced Devizes Town Council back to the drawing board.

Richard Clewer, cabinet member for corporate services said: “It is important local people have a say in the future of this key part of Devizes, and I’m pleased the town council is consulting on the Market Place which has so much potential as a focal point for the town.

“While these discussions continue the parking charges due to be brought in earlier this year will now be brought in from August 1, using mobile payments as a temporary measure while the Market Place’s future is decided by the town, following which a permanent car park charging mechanism will be implemented.”

Simon Fisher, Devizes Town Council Clerk said: “Devizes Town Council wants to extend its consultation to as many people as possible, and we are inviting residents to take a look at the proposals.

“It’s a chance for everyone to say which option they prefer for Devizes Market Place, helping the planners create a space that benefits visitors, tourists, shoppers and residents of all ages alike.”

The website for people to view the proposals is