Seaside villages call for parking warden

VILLAGERS and councillors in Woolacombe and Mortehoe are calling for more parking wardens this bank holiday to avoid a repeat of gridlock chaos that occurred over the Easter weekend. They say thousands of early sun-seekers who flocked to the resorts qu

VILLAGERS and councillors in Woolacombe and Mortehoe are calling for more parking wardens this bank holiday to avoid a repeat of "gridlock chaos" that occurred over the Easter weekend.They say thousands of early sun-seekers who flocked to the resorts quickly found out there was no one to enforce any traffic regulations and parked anywhere and everywhere, on pavements, clearways, junctions and both sides of the narrow Esplanade.Mortehoe Parish Council members are particularly frustrated no wardens were in evidence. Five years ago the council, along with county highways officials, police and North Devon Council looked in depth at the busy resorts' parking black spots and came up with a self-financing scheme to solve the problems. Pay and display meters were installed, after consultation with all residents in the Parish to pay for wardens to enforce existing parking regulations plus new short-term waiting areas, taxi ranks and a residential parking scheme."We know we have a scheme that works here," said Parish Council chairman, Councillor Jon Richards."In 2006 with a dedicated warden patrolling the streets, the scheme worked well. We call upon Devon County Council to honour that agreement and give us back a warden. "The meters generate �34,000 a year, all going into county coffers and with only a very limited warden presence promised. There is growing anger in the villages at the parking lawlessness and the chaos caused."Their appeal has been backed by North Devon MP Nick Harvey and County Councillor Andrea Davis. Calling upon County Leader Brian Greenslade Mr Richards added:"Rather than looking at Woolacombe as a problem, the Parish Council urges the County Council to treat Woolacombe as an example of a community which has worked successfully with all agencies to solve their own problems and give us back a warden.


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