Devonport residents give their views on parking
MORE than 100 residents gave their views on parking in Devonport over the weekend.
A public consultation was held on Saturday at Devonport Guildhall to see if residents could solve the parking problems in the area.
With regeneration taking place across the town, space for parking is more precious than ever before.
All three Devonport councillors and MP Oliver Colvile were present at the event, which was held as a drop-in session.
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The councillors will take the consultation findings to Plymouth City Council's transport officers and contractors Amey to see what can be done.
Mr Colvile, who is MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport said: "I think this is a great initiative and I wish the local authority would do this more often. It's a very useful opportunity to hear what people have got to say.
"I am slightly surprised that the issue of parking has come up at this stage of the game because you would have thought that this should have been thought about at the time of the planning application.
"I do know that some of the retailers on Cumberland Street are concerned – if this is going to be a district shopping centre we need the flexibility for customers who want to drive."
Concerned Plymouth residents turned out in their droves to ask questions and voice an opinion.
Richard Fells, a retired architect said: "I know that provision for cars in the past has been ridiculously low.
"I would like to know what people are supposed to do when they weekend here – where do they park?"
Cllr Kate Taylor, Cllr Bill Stevens and Cllr Mark Coker were also present at the event.
Cllr Stevens said: "There is concern about parking and traffic in these areas, and in my experience the best way to solve it is to listen to the people who know the area best.
"I'm really encouraged by the amount of people who have given up some time to come here."
Cllr Kate Taylor added: "That all three councillors and the MP for the area are in the same room shows we are listening."