Finding the best solution to Minehead’s parking

Somerset County Council is listening to and working with local Minehead residents and businesses to find the best solution to parking arrangements by the harbour in the town.

Before Christmas the County Council asked local residents on Quay Street and Quay West their thoughts on a draft proposal to change parking arrangements on these streets.

It has received lots of ideas, comments, concerns and suggestions from local residents and businesses – and most agree that parking in the town needs to change one way or another.

Cllr David Fothergill, Cabinet Member with responsibility for parking, said: “We need the help of local people to shape the parking proposal. They know better than anyone what will work for their town and what their different needs are. There are lots of people who park on these streets – local residents, day trippers, recreational fishermen, people staying in B&Bs, staff working in the town and the RNLI – so there are lots of different views to consider.

“Over 60 people attended the information session we held on Monday 18 January. All the comments we’ve had so far will be taken in to account and will help us draw up a proposal that works, as best it can, for everyone who parks on Quay Street and Quay West.

“There has been a local petition that has been generating interest in the proposal and all of these comments will also be considered.

“There is still time to submit your thoughts on the parking proposal and we will continue to involve local people in the process going forward.”

To read details of the parking proposal and respond to the consultation, go to: http://www.somersetconsults.org.uk/consult.ti/Resident_Parking_Minehead