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Car-parking charges cut in South Hams town

Car parking charges in the South Hams town of Modbury have been cut by the District Council as part of a pilot study to promote trade after the town lost key business during the recession.

The price of one hour’s parking has been cut by 20p from 70p down to 50p and half an hour’s parking by 10p from 30p to 20p.

It is hoped the new short stay parking tariffs will reinvigorate the town and have a beneficial effect on the local economy.

The car-parking motion was passed despite the fact that executive members were told the Council risked a drop in car park income of just under £2,000 with the revision of charges.

The Council’s Executive Member with responsibility for parking, Rufus Gilbert, said after the unanimous vote: “I am delighted to have been able to sponsor this. It is a long time coming. With this pilot project, the council is breaking away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach to car parking.

If it is successful it may well be that other communities wish to mount their own scheme, provided the income remains the same. This is also a scheme which fits in well with the new move towards localism and I sincerely hope it will help to revive the trade in Modbury.”