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Revenue shortfall as motorists avoid meters in Torquay

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

shunned: The new parking meters in Newton Road, Torquay Andy Styles TQAS20140121D-002_C

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PARKING meters introduced on the boundary of Torquay are being shunned by motorists, new figures reveal.

The meters were introduced by Torbay Council in a bid to reduce parking problems in an area where staff at Torbay Hospital, Edginswell Business Park and Newton Road businesses, as well as residents, were looking to park.

But it seems many are parking elsewhere.

The scheme, budgeted to provide an income of £20,000 a year is expected to only provide £12,000.

The 26 meters cost around £15,000 to install.

Members of the transport working party — which is at risk of being disbanded in the council budget cuts — are being recommended to carry out a three-month trial to increase usage of an all-day ticket for £1 and a weekly ticket of £5. The current tariff is £1 for four hours and £2 all day.

The officers' report says occupancy which was predicted to be 80 per cent is actually between 40 per cent and 50 per cent. At the weekend it drops to 10 per cent. The use of the meters has improved recently but the hospital said the distance from the campus is a concern for staff, the report stated. It added the hospital would promote a weekly permit to staff.

The issue was deferred to the working party's next meeting.

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  • Caligula  |  February 06 2014, 7:54PM

    I never use to be able to find a parking space in Torquay or Paignton town centre until they installed the parking meters, before they where installed I could be driving round town for hours trying to find a parking space and still not find one, now I always find a parking space after three drives round town at the most, so its actually cheaper for me because the money I use to spend on petrol driving round looking for a space was a lot more than the parking charge is now. So what if these new meters are not making as much as forecast they will still show a profit after two years, keep installing the meters.

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  • trogg  |  February 06 2014, 12:28PM

    so they cost £15000, yet revenue is £12000, i could be wrong, but isn't that minus £3000 ????? and they wonder why we have no confidence in them.

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