A new automatic barrier system is to be installed at Saunton Beach car park.Together with a discount scheme for locals, the owners of Saunton Beach Enterprises, Paul and Lucie Tamlyn, say the new system will be cheaper as people only pay for the time they use. It will operate via an ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) with cars scanned as they enter. Drivers put their registration into a machine on leaving and then pay. There will be a free 10 minute drop-off period, then it is £2 for the first hour and £1.50 per hour thereafter. A new locals discount scheme will enable people to get half price parking for an initial season ticket charge of £50 that will include free parking at Sandy Lane. But more than 3,000 people have signed a petition in 24 hours opposing the new automatic barrier parking system. The Objection to the changes to parking regulations at Saunton Beach: have our voices heard online petition gathered 2,000 signatures in the first four hours. Around 100 people also turned up to Braunton Parish Councils meeting on Monday night, where councillors voted to object to the proposals for the barriers.The current Saunton charges are £8 all day in the summer and £3 out of season. Paul said: This new pay on foot system has been something that our visitors have been requesting for a long time. Were hoping that the new system will encourage more visitors to come and use the beach for a few hours, or have a meal at the Sands Restaurant, without having to pay for a full days parking.Charlotte Viqueira set up the petition and said: This pass is supposedly to benefit locals and valid for one vehicle only. She said the proposals had been badly thought out and added: Nobody will be able to use the beach without paying for the privilege 24 hours a day. Anyone wanting to go for a sunrise or sunset surf, walk or run will have to pay on future. This is appalling greed. A Facebook page set up to oppose the proposals has also gathered more than 800 members, with some suggesting a boycott of the beach.It is hoped the barriers will be installed in December, subject to planning approval.What do you think of the proposals? Write to our Opinion page using the address on page six and tell us your views.