Torbay council u-turns on parking charges

Torbay Council is reintroducing the hourly rate in several car parks following feedback from residents. The U-turn comes just a month after the introduction of a two-hour minimum stay.

The council says it has listened to feedback and knows many residents are facing a tough time with the cost of living soaring. The car parks affected are Breakwater (Brixham with 103 spaces), Broadsands (Paignton with 1,000 spaces), Cliff Park Road (Paignton with 41 spaces), Kilmorie (21 spaces in Torquay at Meadfoot) and the car park at the other end of Meadfoot Beach, Torquay (29 places).

All of the affected Zone 3 car parks are close to the sea and the council says these are important spaces where people ‘connect with each other’. Councilor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture for Torbay Council, said: “We have listened to community feedback and are reinstating the hourly rate. These places can be harder to reach without a car, and they provide important spaces for people to connect with each other. We also appreciate that residents are facing difficult times as the cost of living increases and we want to do what we can to support them.

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A two-hour minimum parking charge was introduced in some Torbay car parks last month as part of a change in rates and the introduction of new parking zones. On-street and off-street parking has seen spaces divided into three zones, with users paying a different rate depending on which zone they park in.

The changes are part of a larger program of investment in bay car parks, which has already begun. Lifts and lighting in Torquay’s Harbor car park have been upgraded, 20 new ticket machines have been purchased and will be installed across the bay in the coming months and electric vehicle charging stations are due to be installed at several locations in 2022 /23.

Condition studies are ongoing and a longer term investment plan is being developed to ensure the buildings remain safe, fit for purpose and attractive to residents and visitors. See Torbay’s full parking fees here.

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