NORTH Devon Council was set to consider proposals for the shake up of parking in Barnstaple yesterday (Tuesday). Among the ideas in a Revised Vehicle Parking Strategy for Barnstaple 2008-2012 are proposals to add decking to existing car parks at Belle Mea

NORTH Devon Council was set to consider proposals for the shake up of parking in Barnstaple yesterday (Tuesday).Among the ideas in a Revised Vehicle Parking Strategy for Barnstaple 2008-2012 are proposals to add decking to existing car parks at Belle Meadow, Fair View, and the Civic Centre.The report to the council's executive committee also suggests providing more short-stay parking for shoppers in the town centre, while encouraging commuters to leave their cars on long-stay sites on the edge of the town.The council - which currently owns 21 car parks in Barnstaple, amounting to 2,267 spaces -predicts that demand for car parking in the town will increase by 15 per cent over the next 10 years.It is now looking at ways in which to capitalise on improvements made by the Western Bypass and plan ahead for large-scale redevelopment at key sites including Queen Street/Bear Street, Anchorwood Bank, Seven Brethren Bank and Mill Road/Pottington Road.The report said that the town needed to plan for a continuity of parking provision in line with growth of the town.A planning application for the Queen Street/Bear Street development is expected this September and the report highlights the need to find a medium-term solution during the construction, forecast from July 2010.