£2 a day parking agreed to boost Tavistock's trade.
An across-the-board £2 a day parking charge will be introduced at all long stay car parks in Tavistock as soon as practically possible, in a one year experiment to boost trade.
The recommendation to full council was approved on January 20th by West Devon Borough Council's Community Services Committee, after sending the plan back for a "fully researched and reasoned report" by the Car Parking Strategy Group.
Committee chairman Councillor Robert Sampson said: "We have tailored charges to local circumstances; we did this first in Chagford - looking at local concerns and coming up with adjustments to stimulate the use of the car parks."
After hearing a report by Street Scene Manager Cathy Aubertin that the £2 tariff would be 'cost neutral' to the council parking income, as far as could be calculated, members voted unanimously to trial the charges, which reduces the cost of all day car parking by up to £4.50 per day in some car parks.
The committee agreed to closely monitor the scheme with monthly reviews.
Cathy Aubertin told members: "Although West Devon Borough Council is clearly unable to afford to offer free parking a £2 all-day fee is considered by stakeholders to be exceptionally reasonable and likely to increase footfall."
Local members were represented on the Car Parking Strategy Group along with Tavistock BID, and Tavistock and District Chamber of Commerce, who all backed the charges.