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Axe free parking at Souh Hams council

SOUTH Hams Council was ‘losing a lot of goodwill’ by refusing to charge for car parking at Follaton House, the authority’s Totnes headquarters, it has been claimed.
But there are signs the position could change in the future.
Cllr Julian Brazil also accused the authority of putting its priorities above that of the community on the thorny issue.
But Cllr Brazil was promptly accused of ‘political posturing’, by Cllr Rufus Gilbert during a meeting of the district council’s executive committee.
Cllr Brazil told members if they wanted to make a lot of money from car parking, they should look at charging at Follaton House.
‘I don’t see why it is any different to any other council car park in the South Hams. People in Kingsbridge, Totnes and Dartmouth have to pay to park for work.
‘It’s like the loos. You do everything for Follaton House and nothing for the communities,’ he said, adding that the council was losing a lot of goodwill on the issue.
Cllr Gilbert said: ‘Let’s not take political posturing positions and get back to the document.’
The document he was referring to was a wide-ranging review of free car parking in the area which aimed to save the council just over £10,206 a year.
It said: ‘Members agreed that income could be derived from the car park at Follaton House in the future.
‘However, it was resolved by the executive that this income stream should be reconsidered following the implementation of the service transformation programme.’
Council officers are to continue negotiations with parish councils over car parks at South Brent, Yealmpton, The Levels at Dittisham and Noss Mayo.
Income from The Levels car park will be used by the parish council to fund the running costs of the public toilet, the report added.

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