Agenda and minutes

Car Parking Task and Finish Forum - Thursday, 9th January, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Blackdown House

Contact: Chris Lane, Democratic Services Officer  01395 517544 email:

No. Item


Public speaking


There were no public speakers at the meeting.


Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 36 KB


The minutes of the previous meeting held on 19 December 2019 were agreed as a true record, subject to Tony Woodward replacing Tony McCollum in the list of declarations of interest.


Councillor Val Ranger expressed a concern about minute 19 (12) regarding School Lane car park, Newton Poppleford and whether the discussion on all similar village car parks should include comments on whether running costs should be met from elsewhere.


It was noted that members had made comments at the 19 December meeting regarding Newton Poppleford, Broadclyst, Sidbury and Jarvis Close car parks to the effect that all these car parks had a great community benefit and that the cost of each of these car parks does not actually reflect the money spent on them, but a nominal cost spread across all car parks, pro-rata with the number of spaces


It was accepted that there was a need to be even-handed accross all villages.  Cllr Howe suggested that the possibility of giving smaller EDDC car parks to the parish councils should be investigated, as several larger villages already were responsible for car parks in their parish and precepted their parishioners accordingly.



Declarations of interest


Minute 26 Review of Council's Car Parking Operations - .

Councillor Andrew Colman, Personal, Exmouth Town Councillor.


Minute 26 Review of Council's Car Parking Operations - .

Councillor Bruce De Saram, Personal, Exmouth Town Councillor.


Minute 26 Review of Council's Car Parking Operations - .

Councillor Maddy Chapman, Personal, Exmouth Town Councillor.


Minute 26 Review of Council's Car Parking Operations - .

Councillor Paul Millar, Personal, Exmouth Town Councillor.


Minute 26 Review of Council's Car Parking Operations - .

Councillor Tony Woodward, Personal, Exmouth Town Councillor


Minutes 26 Review of Council’s Car Parking Operations –

 Councillor Kim Bloxham, Personal, Cranbrook Town Councillor


Minute 26 Review of Council’s Car Parking Operations –

Councillor Jack Rowland, Personal, Seaton Town Council


Confidential/exempt items

To agree any items to be dealt with after the public (including the press) have been excluded.


There were no matters which the officers recommended be dealt with in this way.


Review of Councils Car Parking Operations pdf icon PDF 38 KB

  • Review the existing hourly rate of £1.10
  • Review of winter parking offer
  • Review of a further 10+ car parks. Suggest we start with Exmouth who have 13 in total



The Chairman gave a summary to the work of the Car Parking Task and Finish Forum (TAFF) which was set up following the item being called-in. The first meeting established the facts and that the issue was essential part of the council’s budget to increase its income from car parks. The second meeting highlighted detailed costings per car park with 15 of these being cost-negative costing the council £100k. The third discussed the financially negative car parks. This meeting would discuss the effect of raising the hourly rate to £1.10 and the £2 winter offer.


Andrew Ennis, Service Lead Environmental Health & Car Parks highlighted the income generated by a few car parks with the total gross income from car parks being £3.2m, reserved parking £43k and penalty charges £40k as an example. The costs of overheads allocated to car parks included business rates, VAT, maintenance charges, management costs, Streetscene and customer services to name a few.



Discussions on the effect of raising the hourly rate to £1.10 were as follows:

·        Raising the hourly rate by an extra £0.10 to £1.10 (£0.55 for half an hour) would result in an estimated £277,000 of extra revenue, providing it did not deter existing customers.

·        Concern expressed about the fiddly nature of increasing the charges by £0.05 and £0.10.

·        Suggestion to instead of increasing by £0.10, raise the half hourly rate from £0.50 to £0.70.

·        Working towards card and phone payment in every car park. Collecting money by phone was the cheapest way.

·        Need to investigate possibility of all car parks going cash less in the future.

·        Concerns that making payments by mobile phone only would disadvantage some, but it was acknowledged that most people had a payment card of some kind.

·        Concern of how a blanket charge was going to work on the different sizes of car park in the district. Effect of this on the smaller car parks.

·        Encourage customers to use a cashless method of paying by charging more for transactions made by cash.

·        Need to phase out cash payments over time and move to phone and card.

·        There was a significant cost to the cash machines used in car parks and the collection of cash.

·         Importance of ensuring the viability of town centres.

·        Suggestion to reduce the stay in short stay car parks from 3 to 2 hours to encourage turnover as the council’s car parks were very busy.



RECOMMENDED 1. that£1 be the minimum charge in a car park, except in those car parks that are seen as an exception. This would include the transferability of car park tickets between car parks, using unspent time purchased on a ticket. Andrew Ennis, Service Lead – Environment and Car Parks would provide an estimate of the additional income created by this increase.


                               2. that over time the Council would wish to encourage customers to move away from cash payments to card and phone, but that the phasing out of cash payments be deferred to await a report on the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.


Date of next meeting


Thursday 13 February 2020 at 6.00pm in the Council Chamber