Councillor tells residents: Let us know your views on parking
RESIDENTS who have concerns over the current parking regime in Torbay have been urged to let the council know their views as well as business people.
It comes as the first parking summit was being held between councillors and business leaders.
Cllr Robert Excell, member for transport, said that while they were meeting the chairman of the business organisations who had highlighted how the current parking policies were hitting business, he wanted to also hear from residents.
The chairman of the Bay's community partnerships was being invited to the summit to discuss the way forward and Cllr Excell urged people to contact their own ward partnership with their ideas.
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"I would encourage people to get in touch with their partnerships if they have ideas that they think we could benefit from, as long as it is positive, we have to encourage positivity. I am willing to listen, or people can write to me at the town hall," he said.
Price First Taxis, of Reddenhill Road in Torbay, has claimed that 'new parking laws' in the Bay 'are having a severe impact on the service we can supply to the public, in particular the elderly or infirm'.
Director Paul Sneap said: "Since early July our drivers are constantly receiving parking fines for dropping or picking customers up, virtually anywhere within the town centre of Torquay or the harbour area.
"These actions not only affect our business as taxi company but could add additional stress on businesses in the Bay, where customers will have yet another reason to shop outside of the town."
A Torbay Council spokesman said: "Torbay Council has not introduced any new parking restrictions in Union Street, Market Street or Torhill Road.
"However, we have introduced a CCTV vehicle, in addition to the civil enforcement officers, which patrols the area, as well as other key areas in the Bay including schools.
"All of the taxi companies, including private hire firms were made aware of this.
"The vehicle helps to enforce the high level offences, such as parking in commercial loading bays, coach bays and in areas with kerb markings which are in place for road safety reasons, where for many years, some drivers have continued to ignore the regulations.
"In turn, this affects shoppers' safety, local businesses and their ability to take deliveries and disrupts traffic flow.
"The camera takes 20 seconds of footage and will clearly show whether a person is getting in or out of a vehicle.
"If this is the case then an officer viewing the photos will not issue a Penalty Charge Notice to a taxi.
"We continue to remind the private taxi firms that there are several points where they can drop off and collect customers in the town centre which are not enforced by the camera car.
"Private hire firms who cannot use town centre taxi ranks, these only being available to hackney taxis, can challenge tickets issued by the CCTV vehicle by providing evidence of pick ups and drops offs which should be easily provided as customers can only pre-book these vehicles."