23/4/15: FREE PERIOD OF PARKING TO BE SOUGHT SIDFORD CAR PARK
We have always felt that the Sidford Car Park should have remained free or at least had 30 minutes free parking which would have allowed shoppers to go about their business....the reason charges were introduced in the first place were thanks to a certain Axminster councillor who kicked up a stink saying it was unfair to have free parking at Sidford when charges were made at Axminster. The issue here is that unlike Axminster which has a by-pass Sidford is unique in that there are two A roads crossing the heart of the village .... The A375 which sees more than 8,000 traffic movements a day and the A3052 East Devon's only primary route which runs from Clyst St Mary through to the Dorset border at Lyme Regis. This road carries over 18,000 vehicles a day and with double yellow lines or no loading unloading restrictions there is nowhere for passing motorists or locals to stop and you therefore have to use the car park. A 30 minute free period (which has been talked about before) could be introduced. The County Council successfully introduced this at Dawlish and so at the next East Devon parking charges review we can raise and recommend this small measure that would help breathe more life into the Sidford local centre.
28/3/15: GREEN WEDGE DESIGNATION NOW TOP PRIORITY
Having been successful in moving an amendment for the land at Sidford earmarked for a business/retail park to be removed from the draft Local Plan at East Devon last Thursday 26th March 15 Graham Troman and I are now continuing to push for the second part of our original amendment put to the Special Development Management Committee on Monday 23rd March for the designation of a Green Wedge between Sidford and Sidbury to be included in the final Adopted Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan. As I said at the Committee 'I believe that there can be no better candidate than that of the land between the settlements of Sidbury and Sidford firstly to protect the historic village of Sidbury from being absorbed into Sidford and Sidmouth and secondly to maintain the landscape setting in the AONB between the two settlements so that they can be enjoyed by both present and future generations'. It is now imperative that everyone works together in securing this designation for the Sid Valley.