Parking charges cut in Fremington and Bickington

Joseph Bulmer

CHARGES in two North Devon village car parks have been reduced due to the special nature of their use.

An hourly 30p charge will be introduced in Fremington and Bickington, rather than asking people to pay a minimum of 60p for up to two hours.

The decision was made at a meeting of the North Devon Council’s executive on Tuesday following calls to review the situation.

They are mainly used by residents for trips such as visiting the doctors’ surgery or post office and visitors often need to park for a short time only.

District ward member for Fremington Councillor Dick Jones said: “I’m thrilled my fellow councillors have made this decision. It will make a real difference to people most simply use the Fremington car park to visit their GP and are in and out within half an hour.”

Fellow ward member Cllr John Gill added: “Dick and I have been pushing for this for a while. It may seem like a simple change but making people pay for two hours when they often only needed to stay for a fraction of that was irritating to our constituents.”

But although local County Councillor Rodney Cann welcomed the reduction, he said traditionally the Fremington car park had been a free community facility.

“Even before the charge was increased to 60p car owners were avoiding the car par and parking in nearby streets,” he said.

“One again as County Councillor for the area I call on NDC to scrap the charge completely.”

The new charges are expected to come into effect between the middle of March and the beginning of April.