Leisure Users Benefit from Parking Changes Introduced at Mid Devon Leisure Centres

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Posted on: 19 July 2018

Recent measures implemented at Culm Valley Sports Centre and Lords Meadow Leisure Centre will ensure parking is more readily available for customers using the centres’ facilities.

The new arrangements took effect on Monday, 9 July, as a result of overcrowding from continued misuse of the car parks by non-leisure users. Customers arriving by car should now find it easier to get a parking space at any of the Mid Devon Leisure Centres. These changes follow those already implemented at Exe Valley Leisure Centre for the same reason.

In the short time since the changes were introduced, there has been a significant reduction in the number of cars being parked, thanks to the signs clearly displayed throughout the car parks urging non-leisure users to seek alternative parking. A period of leniency before the issuing of standard charge notices will be put in place to increase awareness for users of the car parks – and to reduce any doubt concerning appropriate usage.

Customers who use the leisure facilities should still be aware and adhere to the parking guidelines – making sure that they are parked within the marked bay; that they do not exceed the 3 hour maximum stay limit; and that those who hold a blue badge, park in one of the designated disabled bays.

Councillor Colin Slade, Lowman ward Member and Cabinet Member for Community Well Being, said: “Some people have been taking advantage of our leisure centre car parks, using them for free parking all day when at work. This is to the detriment of genuine leisure customers who often struggle to find a parking space. The new rules are fair and should ensure that there is always parking available at the leisure centres for those who genuinely need it. Of course we do provide spaces for blue badge holders and parents with toddlers and we would ask customers to respect those restrictions.”

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