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REVEALED: More Devon councils are subsiding staff parking

October 11, 2017 3:13 PM
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REVEALED: More Devon councils are subsiding staff parking

Freedom of Information requests reveal parking policies at Torbay and Torridge councils

Devon Live's investigation into the councils which subside staff parking at the taxpayers expense has revealed that two more local authorities offer free or heavily discounted rates to employees.

Torbay Council allows its staff and those of 'partner organisations' to park in public car parks for 12 hours at a cost of just £1.

While Torridge District Council issues 183 permits which enable staff to park in its car parks free while on work business.

Both councils would not release information on staff parking to Devon Live when requested as part of the website's Gridlocked Devon series looking at congestion and pollution issues across the county last month.

But Freedom of Information requests have now revealed the staff parking policies of both organisations.

Members of staff at Torbay Council can also pay 50p to park for up to six hours at a time. They can do this during evenings and weekends, as well as outside of normal working hours, providing they park in their base location, which is near their place of work.

Members of the public have to pay £5.50 to park for six hours at Torquay's Town Hall car park and £10 for 24 hours.

Torbay Council produces written travel plans to encourage local businesses to reduce their use of private vehicles. One of the specific aims of the plan is to reduce car park congestion.

Last month's investigation found that North, East, Mid and West Devon councils, along with South Hams and Teignbridge, allow staff to park for free at their respective HQs while Plymouth City Council workers can obtain a permit to pay £50 per month to park in Western Approach car park.

Exeter City Council allocates 120 permits which allow staff to pay £2 per day to park at the city's Princesshay 2 car park while Devon County Council's staff parking charges at County Hall range from 50p a day to £2 dependent on income.

Both Torbay Council and Torridge District Council have been approached for comment.


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