THE first ever referendum in Braunton will take place tomorrow (Thursday) as residents are asked to vote on parking permits to use in Caen Street car park. The Parish Hall and a venue at Knowle will be open from 4-9pm and everyone on the electoral roll is

THE first ever referendum in Braunton will take place tomorrow (Thursday) as residents are asked to vote on parking permits to use in Caen Street car park.The Parish Hall and a venue at Knowle will be open from 4-9pm and everyone on the electoral roll is entitled to vote.Since charges were introduced in the once-free car park, which is owned by Braunton Parish Council, it has proved a controversial subject in the village, although the council did consult extensively and stage an exhibition.Councillor Jasmine Chesters said the referendum had been requested by a small minority of Braunton residents."I feel it is important residents have the chance to say whether they are in favour of people buying a permit to use the car park," she said."Charges were implemented after a consultation and the majority of people who answered the questionnaire were in favour of charges being introduced."The car park needs continuing maintenance and this comes out of the money the council has to spend throughout the parish."Mrs Chesters added that if anyone needed transport to get to the polling stations, arrangements could be made for them to be picked up and returned home. Anyone who would like transport is asked to call her on (01271) 813357.