DRIVERS in Crediton are calling for a new town car park after receiving fines because of 'a complicated parking system'.
Parking in the town has long been a problem but councillors are now voicing their concerns over the "confusing" road signage which is causing both problems for drivers and parking chaos in the High Street.
There have been suggestions that a new car park, if positioned a short distance from the town centre, could provide a solution to the problem.
Crediton town councillor John Downes said: "What we need is a car park and a by-pass. St Saviours Way Car Park is quite near to the High Street but what people really want is to be able to park up, jump out of their cars, and get into a shop."
Reports of fines being handed out to those parking in the High Street have risen recently, with shared loading bays in the town leaving people confused as to when they can and cannot be used.
And people parking in the bays at prohibited times are causing lorry drivers to double-park on the road as they unload their goods to shop owners and businesses.
Cllr Downes said: "The situation creates traffic problems; signage in the High Street and the parking situation is horrific, it's just horrendous. People don't understand the signage and people are parking in loading bays who shouldn't be – they don't know where they can stop.
"I can't say what the solution is. You have to allow for lorries to unload, disabled parking and people who want to shop. We need something that meets all the objectives
"But what we have is an Eton mess with everyone parking everywhere. One's as bad as the other."
A Devon County Council spokesman said: "The bays in Crediton High Street are 'dual use', allowing loading activities to be carried out until 2pm, with limited waiting provided from 2pm-6pm.
"These bays are not unique to Crediton, they are used commonly around the country and are a sensible way of making the best use of limited kerb space in town centres.
"Devon County Council has liaised with the Department for Transport regarding the appropriate method of marking and signing a dual use bay of this type.
"But we are not permitted to paint a legend on the road.
"Signing is clearly visible to drivers. Whenever a motorist parks in any bay they should check the associated traffic sign to verify what restriction on parking is in place."
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