I have added some new pictures.
Good to see the Strand so busy on the opening. Maybe pedestrianised would have been a better option and traders could have had a weekly event and perhaps it would have been a better venue for the Farmers Market.
If it was pedestrianised, I'd probably do all my shopping out of town and throw myself into the Dawlish cafe society that would no doubt emerge.
Not sure the parking is quite right yet. Saw the Royal Mail van leaving its tyre marks parked up on the pavement because someone had parked in the loading bay.
Have noticed that the skate boarders like the pavement on the lawn side
See the new parking ticket machines obviously cost a fair bit of the 1.7 million pound budget, were as the safety hand rails and fencing look like bits of reclaimed timber from Trago fitted together by the local playgroup. Glad DCC managed to get their priorities right again. When are the hanging baskets and other plantings coming from TDC. Christmas maybe.
Waste of money, not what the majority wanted and typical of Local government miss use of public funds, then they wonder why Central government keep cutting their funding.
P.S. The yellow footpaths are already covered in everything thay shouldnt be and whos betting they stay that way
The slabs look filthy already, only have to spill a drink or drop an ice cream and its stained, plenty of grease stains too. The only thing I like is the vista of the Strand with the lawn, could still have achieved that spending less money and keeping all the parking on the lawnside. Instead of helping it might have hindered
If Devon CC intend to gradually install the new ticket machines county wide, I wonder what happens to the new Pay & Display machines they spent £250.000 on about 18 months ago. Perhaps John Clatworty Deputy Leader could answer that, I will ask him and post the answer here. But dont hold your breath as any time a question is put to him he replies "I will forward your question to the officers involved" so who are the decision makers?
@User 4549. i think the guy he passes the messages to is called john halliday, (neighbourhood highway manager). having asked questions of him before seems he's just the fence sitter who pushes the paper from one slot to another, probably on about £50,000 a year for doing so.
Could you also ask him to apply for a court order to get this situation at the bottom of Teignmouth Hill cleared up. Here's what to do - Net the wall with steel netting with a few strengthening rods like they use in the mines every so often. Max 2-days . Then get the scaffolding down with no return until next January. Could be all clear for weekend . Cost of court order £80 bargin
FredBasstt: Here is his reply and my question: Is it the intention to replace all Pay & Display machines county wide with the new ones as in the Strand. His reply: Thanks for your note and I do not know the answer so I have included David Whitton in the loop as the new Service Head and he will hopefully be in a position to advise us both. Regards john
THE NEW GENERATION NOT COMPLETED
Just been in town and over heard the rumour mill discussing how having spent all the money on important things like pay & display parking machines and planks of cheap wood. Our honest hard working joint Councils now have nothing left from 1.7 million pouunds and cannot afford to finish the job. So no hanging baskets, no planting along the lawn slope and no footpath cleaning.
In addition TDC have now been presented with three alternate plans for laying out the lawn activities during Carnival week and with less than eight weeks to go still havent agreed to any of them. We can all guess what the likely outcome is going to be.
Back to Parking machines and there seems to be doubt that the new machines may not be legal for use in public areas. Having to put your part reg no to identify your vehicle is ok for private car parks only. Having not seen any application to change the parking restrictions on the Strand then once you have paid to park for a fixed length of time the ticket is valid for any vehicle ie fully transferable between vehicles
as usual a complete balls up. Over to you Michael Clayson/Vanguard/Burnside
Does anyone know often the new pavements will be cleaned ? It certainly puts you off shopping at
the co-op, the pavement outside that shop is horrible. Most of the mess seems to be left by dogs, pigeons and seagulls.
Are they trying to tell us something!l