New badge scheme aimed at helping Pannier Market traders avoid parking fines

A new parking badge scheme is to be introduced for Barnstaple’s market traders.

Following a successful trial the scheme is being launched in a joint initiative by Devon County Council and Barnstaple Town Centre Management.

It means parking enforcement officers will know which vehicles are on market business, enabling traders to legitimately load and unload goods outside the Pannier Market in Butchers Row at peak times (7-9am and 3-5pm).

The badge scheme follows an outcry last year when traders claimed they were ‘running the gauntlet’ of parking fines while trying to go about their business.

A three-month pilot, which has just been completed, was part of a three point plan put forward by the county council to tackle parking issues outside the market.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, cabinet member for highway management, said there had been a good response from traders.

“Our parking enforcement officers have a difficult job to do to keep traffic moving on our roads, and working in partnership with traders and the Barnstaple town centre manager I think we have a found a system which makes life better for everyone.”

TCM manager Hannah Harrington added: “The Pannier Market is a very important feature of the town’s economy and BTCM wants to support the traders as much as it can.

“These permits will make it much easier for market traders to load and unload without the worry of a parking ticket.”