PLANS for 30 temporary car parking spaces in Ilfracombe have been approved, but parking in the town remains a big problem according to some residents.
Permit holders who park at Cheyne beach during the summer can now use the tarmac area of Victoria Gardens on Wilder Road until April, it was decided at a North Devon Council planning meeting on January 8.
The Cheyne beach car park is closed during winter months due to the possibility of storm damage and danger to pedestrians.
In the past, permit holders have been advised to park at surrounding car parks such as the Cove.
But due to ongoing work at the harbour, the number of available spaces has fallen, leaving a number of residents struggling to find a place to park.
No permanent changes will be made to the site, which is next to a crazy golf course, but a temporary fence has been put up.
Two Ilfracombe residents, June and David Williams, who own St James’ Dairy in Ilfracombe, have said parking in the town has been a big problem.
June expressed disappointment at the lack of communication over parking in the town but said she was pleased the problem had been resolved.
But Sandpiper landlord Kevin Prideaux said he is still struggling to park, despite owning a business near the harbour.
He said: “I’ve been waiting for a permit for six years.
“Parking in the town is even more difficult in the winter than in the summer because Cheyne beach is closed.
“I have to park where I can and it seems like it’s getting more difficult.”
Ilfracombe town and district Councillor Mike Edmunds said he hoped the problem of winter parking had been solved but acknowledged that parking permit allocation in the town was an issue.
He said: “I hope the space at Victoria Gardens has solved the problem; it’s what the permit holders asked for when they came to us.
“We’re also looking at the way permits are allocated. We’re aware it’s an issue down by the harbour and we hope we can speed up the process.”