Council considers permit parking as possible solution
COUNCILLORS in South Molton are considering the introduction of residential parking permits to prevent the town's daily parking chaos.
The scheme is one of a number of measures currently under discussion, including the introduction of waiting restrictions across the town.
The proposals were brought up at last month's town council meeting, when councillors met Rhys Davies, neighbourhood highway manager at Devon County Council.
Although Mr Davies warned that any such schemes would be difficult to introduce, Mayor Stephen White said they were committed to finding a solution to the problem.
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Speaking this week he said: "It's a problem because nobody really wants people parked outside their own house if you have your own car. It's something we know has caused some upset among the residents in this area.
"The problem is that the cars are legally allowed to park on the streets, provided they're parking correctly.
"It might be that the majority of people will say they don't want any restrictions, but it's something that we would like to find a solution to.
"We are going to have to spend more time looking at the issue at the end of this financial year."
County councillor Jeremy Yabsley said progress needed to be made after years of inaction over the issue.
He said: "We've got to try and have a discussion that focuses around a can-do attitude so that we can move something forward.
"We keep having these general discussions, and the first thing you know is that four years have gone by and we've made no progress."
Mr Yabsley, who initially brought up the proposal for residential parking permits at the meeting, said there was no reason why councillors should not consider a trial run of the scheme.
He said: "We are not suggesting that it's irreversible.
"The public might end up not approving it, but if overall it was working and it was a success then we could look at rolling it out.
"But the first step, and I keep saying this, is that the town council need to top up the funding for a full-time parking enforcer.
"If you can't police it then you are just wasting your money on whatever scheme you try to introduce."