Peter Heaton-Jones MP has joined North Devon Cllr Selaine Saxby in Instow to look at the contentious Sandhills Car Park and discuss possible ways forward.
Peter said: ‘I have been approached by many constituents and visitors to Instow about this car park and the number of fines being issued. While it seems that the operator is not breaking any law, I think anyone who doesn’t know the car park, or the rules governing waiting there, risks being caught out. The ANPR cameras in my opinion are too far from the parking area, and the 'no waiting' signage is not sufficiently clear. I urge the operator and the landowner to look at landscaping the entrance and improving signage, to both prevent motorists falling foul of the rules inadvertently and making those rules clearer in the first place. I do hope that by working with the community, a solution can be found'.
Selaine said ‘I am grateful that Peter has been able to come and see the car park for himself and recognises that changes need to be made to help alleviate this difficult issue. I was also able to show Peter our beach and explain the controversial dog walking issues, as well as the problems we have with sand on the main road through the village. I am aware these issues have created divisions within the village. However, by working with other councils and agencies, the wider community, and with our local MP, I am determined to make progress on all fronts and hopefully improve community cohesion’.