RESIDENTS in a narrow Combe Martin street fear they will have absolutely nowhere left to park if Devon County Council proceeds with plans for double yellow lines outside their homes. The proposal to make the top end of Highfield Gardens a no waiting a

RESIDENTS in a narrow Combe Martin street fear they will have "absolutely nowhere" left to park if Devon County Council proceeds with plans for double yellow lines outside their homes.

The proposal to make the top end of Highfield Gardens a "no waiting" area is part of a raft of measures drawn up following a consultation process to tackle parking and traffic porblems that began last November, instigated by Come Martin Parish Council and the police.

The plans include parking meters at the seaside, scrapping half hour waiting restrictions in some parking bays and extending the 30 mph speed limit zones.

The latest amended version of the draft order can be viewed online and at Combe Martin Library. The closing date for comments via email or post is Wednesday (September 15.)

But the changes to their own street have come as a shock to Highfield Gardens residents, whose hilltop cul-de-sac has never had any restrictions, but now the entire top end - earmarked by the county as a "turning head" - is to become no parking.

They say the spaces further down the road are already used by the people who live there and there is nowhere else they can park.

"The first we knew of it was when we saw the notice on the pole outside our house," said Pete Llamosa, who has lived at Highfield gardens with wife Sandra for the 18 years.

"In all that time we have never encountered a single problem or any incident occurring with parking or turning. We have never been asked to move. Why now, is there an issue with it after all this time?"

Darren Franks, who lives further along the terrace with his wife and three children, added: "The whole street will be affected, because if we can't park here the cars will just get pushed on down the road. Three of us work until past midnight, so what chance have we got to find a parking space?"

Carol Newman, who only moved into her home five months ago, said she was livid the parking might be taken away.

"Clearly I would not have bought a house at the top of a hill without any parking," she said.

"Waiting restriction in front of my property will dramatically decrease its value and in fact I believe it will make my house virtually unsalable."

Villagers were invited to have their say on all manner of road and traffic issues at November's consultation, with the results assessed by Devon County Council and a draft parking order put together.

Parish clerk Michelle Beaumont said parking would always be a problem in Combe Martin.

"The idea of this was to reflect what people have said in consultation and to improve the problems," she said.

"Combe Martin is always going to be a problem because of the number of houses that don't have parking."

County Councillor Andrea Davis added: "We considered very carefully the consultation responses and made amendments where appropriate, Even now it's not set in stone and we will respond to the public and consider further amendments.

"We have listened carefully and these are the wishes of the community."

The proposals can be viewed at www.devon.gov.uk/traffic-orders and objections or comments emailed to ian.roberts@devon.gov.uk.