Overnight parking in Devon

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  1. flatpackchicken

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    Parking Award for Torridge
    Torridge District Council has been awarded the Best Parking Policy in Devon 2014 award from the Federation of Small Businesses.

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    At a special event in Tiverton, Deputy Leader Roger Johnson accepted the award, which recognises the most user friendly car parking policies, on behalf of the council.

    Cllr Johnson said, 'We are trying hard in Torridge to overcome the obstacles of a reduction in funding and staff cuts but still maintaining our services to the public. We have introduced a number of initiatives recently to encourage people into our local towns, like free parking at certain times and especially overnight parking for motorhomes which has been a fantastic success. We are the only authority in Devon which has proactively changed its policy to encourage motorhomes here, and we have had so many visiting the district, staying overnight and spending their money in our local shops and restaurants. This award is clear recognition of the hard work put in by our parking services manager Simon Toon and his team.'

    For more information on motorhome parking in the district click here or call the parking services team on 01237 428895[​IMG]01237 428895.

    Photo shows Cllr Johnson receiving the ward from Peter Hare-Scott, CEO of Mid Devon District Council

    29 September 2014
     
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  2. Lenny HB

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    If only other councils would take note it might be possible to return to UK touring.
    Nice to see they considered it successful & realised we spend money in the shops if we can park, a stark contrast to most other councils.
     
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    OH IF ONLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Regards Garry Flatpackchicken
     
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    This is the response I got to an inquiry I made of one of our local councils. It was clarification of "no motorhome parking" signs along a cliff top road. Compare that to the attitude of Torridge District Council - chalk and cheese.
    For info - Cliff Parade is approx 0.5 mile long and, during months Sept - March, you're rarely likely to get more than 5 or 6 vehicles parked along it at any given time.

    Lots of words to say "p*** off"


    Hello Mr *******,

    Parking along Cliff Parade, Walton-On-The-Naze is not permitted as all available parking along the seafront is controlled and enforced by the North Essex Parking Partnership and has restrictions on campervans, etc. parking along the seafront. The only place we can suggest is Station Road car park which is operated by Tendring District Council which requires a pay and display ticket. We would need you to contact ourselves however before parking here so we can make the enforcement officers aware, also providing your motorhome can fit into a parking bay in this car park. I must confirm that sleeping overnight in the campervans whilst parked in the Tendring District Council car park is not permitted.


    Every time you want to park along here you will need to contact parking and seafronts giving us your registration number.


    If we can be of anymore assistant please feel free to contact parking and seafronts on the below contact details.

    Many thanks,

    *****
     
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    Torridge were on the local news last night, not arising from this article but for the fact that last night at the Council meeting, they were discussing the disposal of extra money that customers put into the parking meters when they have no change.
    Apparently, Torridge charges 90p an hour which means that there are lots of extra 10p's and 20p's over which apparently amounted to £40,000 last year.
    Don't know the result as they were still chatting at 10.30pm when the news was on but they were considering putting the money to charity.
     
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    Very possible and I would agree as well, but as long as it a fact then whoopee Regards Garry Flatpackchicken
     
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    Using the analogy that you don't catch bees with vinegar, could I suggest that as many as feel like it, send an email to Torridge Council thanking them for their provision of parking of motorhomes.
    Can't do any harm and will make them feel loved.
    Who know, when they get Mr Ar$ewipe complaining, it will give them something to fire back. Their details;

    Name
    Parking Services

    Address
    Torridge District Council
    Westcombe Depot
    Westcombe Lane
    Bideford
    Devon
    EX39 3JQ
    United Kingdom

    Email
    carparks@torridge.gov.uk
     
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    Nice places to visit too ! Especially Bideford !!!!!:clap2::clap2::clap2:
     
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    E mail sent to council thanking them for their progressive attitude !

    p.s. Does the £5 fee still class us as "freeloaders" in certain quarters ????
     
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    Congratulations to Torridge but let's not forget to thank those who lobbied the council to get the result from which we can all benefit.
     
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    Yes Torridge have been proactive in parking for Motorhomes. I know that some of us Motorhomers in the area lobbied the Council and the car park attendants also suggested overnighting. So come to North Devon, stay along side the Torridge in Bideford, park overlooking Instow at Appledore, sample the Fish & Chips and enjoy a pint in the Seagate, great food in the Beaver, its all going on just down the road from me. Might nip down and spent a night there myself!
     
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    Interesting. This is what Tendring Council told me on 4th October 2013
     
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    I would love to see more facilities for motorhomes but other councils are unlikely to "take note" unless somebody actually flags it up with them. They are highly unlikely to see anything on Torridge's web site or this forum. To everyone I would say "Identify a suitable place in your home area and contact the council to tell them why motorhome facilities should be provided there". It's unlikely to happen otherwise.
     
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    Sent thank you mail to Torridge
     
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    The Campaign to stop a Supermarket being built on The Torrington Skyline. was rejected on 5th February 2015 when planners gave the go ahead for the Waitrose supermarket.

    A planning application has been approved to build a Waitrose supermarket adjacent to Sydney House car park, Torrington. The area where Motorhomes and Campervans park - quiet and with an outstanding view - would effectively become the supermarket car park, with time limits and the view blocked. Details: http://www.savetorringtonskyline.org

    The bulk of the car park will have time limits applied during the day (3 hours M-F, 2 hours at the weekend). TDC has now confirmed that the time limits mentioned above will also apply outside of the charging period. After all, it would be a supermarket car park.

    This has gone ahead despite objections which have been ignored by the planners.
     
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    I totally agree with you on that Graham.
     
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    Generally speaking, this sort of thing (whether or not it involves somewhere motorhomers can park and/or camp) will always happen as our towns evolve. Looking at the local press report, there are (as is typical) strong arguments on both sides. Councillors are often between a rock and a hard place when making such decisions.

    In this case hopefully they will make alternative provision for a motorhome stopover.
     
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    £5 to park with no facilities when some sites are only £7 with WC, water and waste disposal seems a bit steep. But at least the local councils do have spaces for motorhomes which is far better than most and the South West is very popular with lots to see and do, or just walk and chill.
     
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