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Posted On: 13-07-2020
Posted In: Community

Stock parking photo by Jeff Prieb from FreeImagesMid Devon District Council (MDDC) is introducing free parking in its main towns as it continues to support the economic revival of the district.

The lockdown period has seen shops, businesses and restaurants closed for many months and MDDC is acutely aware of the economic impact this has had on local traders and jobs.

With the reopening of the High Streets, in line with Government guidance, the Council is committed to encouraging people to visit their local shops and boost trade for Mid Devon businesses.

From 1st August to the 30th September, visitors will be able to claim two hours free parking in selected car parks in Crediton, Cullompton and Tiverton.

Cllr Alex White, Cabinet Member for Finance, said:

“We recognise the importance of doing everything we can to encourage people to return to our town centres safely. By offering an element of free parking, we’re able to balance the need to secure some income from parking to maintain our service delivery, whilst encouraging more time in our High Streets and spending in our local businesses.”

As well as free parking, the Council has supported businesses through a number of grant schemes that were introduced to support traders and those who are self-employed. So far the Council has issued more than £20 million through the combined schemes.  In addition, the Council has been working in close consultation with the town councils, providing and monitoring safety measures to protect the public and increase visitor confidence.

Deputy Chief Executive, Andrew Jarrett, said:

“Our staff have been working non-stop to support our local businesses. We’re lucky they’ve been able to quickly adapt to ensure the funds were released to those who needed it in Mid Devon, as soon as possible. We’re working with business forums and the county council to ensure this work continues as the lockdown eases and the focus turns towards economic recovery, with the strict safety measures in place.”

The following car parks will allow a two hour free parking period between 8:00am and 6:00pm:

A 'free ticket' from the machine must still be displayed on arrival by entering the last 3 digits of the car's registration number and pressing the green button to print.