DEVON County Council is introducing a new style of parking permit for visitors to North Devon following after suggestions from householders on how to better protect spaces in residents' parking zones. The new style of permit is in the form of a book of s

DEVON County Council is introducing a new style of parking permit for visitors to North Devon following after suggestions from householders on how to better protect spaces in residents' parking zones. The new style of permit is in the form of a book of scratch cards and is being implemented after reports of abuse of the current visitor permit system. The scratch card permits have successfully been used in Exeter and were also introduced for resident parking schemes in South Devon.It is hoped the new scheme will prevent abuse and help Civil Enforcement Officers preserve the number of available parking spaces for genuine residents and their visitors.If residents have an issue of visitor permits with more than 15 remaining, these can exchanged for a full book of scratch cards, free of charge before Tuesday, June 30. However, existing disc permits will be valid up until Wednesday, September 30.In response to complaints against non-residents parking in restricted zones, the issuing of permits is also being tightened. Residents will be asked to provide proof of address and proof of eligibility to drive the vehicle, both when renewing and applying for a new permit.Anyone with queries can contact Area North Highway Management at the Civic Centre in Barnstaple on (01271) 388727.