Am I missing something. Why do residents think they have the right to use the manor as a car park. People who pay to use the Manor often can' park. It isn't a car park. I'm sorry if they have nowhere to park, but don't expect a free ride. You know when you buy your house there is no parking, so stop whinging and find somewhere else to park.
It's been a problem for as long as i can remember the problem is folk dont want to walk. I live in the town centre and park my car up the bartons a nice daily walk keeps the old ticker going.
If the Manor is not able to pay its way, it will shut & be sold off to developers & then the land will be private so none of us will be able to park there. It is an expensive building to keep maintained given its age & Grade II listing & needs a constant source of revenue. I have been there in the evenings when people who are attending the classes have not been able to find a parking space there & so if this revenue is lost, then the Manor will cease to be viable as a public building & will be lost to the people of Dawlish.
Why not charge for overnight parking say £3.00 and those who attend line dancing etc would get a permit to park free a meter could be instaled and employ a clamping company to enforce the parking. They could also use the same system used on motorway services to enforce the 2 hour max stay Parking Eye manage these car parks as they do with supermarket car parks. The CO OP car park has a sytem were a image is taken of your car on entry and exit if you overstay you recieve a fine through the post its not rocket science to find a solution.
"I have been there in the evenings when people who are attending the classes have not been able to find a parking space"
Why not use the Barton Car Park then?
It's only a couple of minutes walk.
Carer you answered your own question because folk have to walk. You can get a monthly permit for the Barton car park it works out at about £1.15 per day.
How lazy are people in this day and age. For god's sake there is a perfectly good car park on the other side of the bridge not 100 yards away. I do believe for the genuine disabled people it would help to have parking for them.
Are these the same people who can't walk a few extra yards with their kids to the play park that is already available!
Some people who use the Manor in the evenings and have paid for their classes are disabled or elderly and are not able to walk very far and so are entitled to think that they should be able to park in the grounds fairly easily. I have known of people who have parked in Bartons car park and have had their cars vandalised. It has been reported, but no culprits were found. Also, one or two lone women have mentioned that they find the walk in the dark a bit intimidating. It is not always a case of laziness on the part of car drivers.
There is full coverage CCTV in the Barton car park.
Japanese rules - no proof of parking permit from local authority at your property then car ownership registration not permitted at that address.
Better still force developers including those doing flat conversions to provide at least one off road parking space for each bedroom created.
Are we missing the point here? I think the council have a right to protect parking spaces for those paying to use the Manor but I do NOT think they have a right to lock up an empty car park every weekend and over holiday periods thus preventing local people parking there to ease conjestion on the surrounding roads. That is simply madness............and the madness stems from the Town Clerk, who I have been told, is manic about locking the gates to keep the locals out! Apparently it really has become an obsession with her! If there are no events on over a weekend then let residents park in the Manor car park! Simples!
We of Dawlish Choral Society have moved our weekly rehearsals from the Hedley Way Centre to the Manor, starting last night. Some of us will never see 70 again (and a few never 80). On our first visit, pleasantly surprised to find plenty of room in the Manor House car park. Has something changed down there ?