Ilfracombe seafront car park could come under town control

Ilfracombe Town Council has agreed in principle to take over the Cheyne Beach car park.

It is proposing to issue permits for the 65-space facility only to those on the electoral roll.

A report by Councillor Paul Crabb suggested permit charges be linked to winter costs at the council’s nearby Ropery car park.

Cheyne is owned by the Environment Agency but was leased by North Devon Council, which has decided it no longer wants to operate the care park due to the extra problems when it is lashed by storms.

The town council has delegated details such as fees and charges to its Car Park Group.

The proposal will only be taken on if the income comfortably covers all the costs.

A report will be made back to the council in March.