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New car park management ensures improved access at Exmouth Library

Posted on 22 Jun 2022

Exmouth Library exterior with library signNew enforcements help disabled and elderly customers who can’t park

Exmouth Library is to implement new management of its car park to ensure customers can access the building when they need to.

Library car parking spaces in the site on Exeter Road have been repeatedly taken for hours and sometimes days by unauthorised parking. The mobile library van has also been blocked in, meaning it’s been unable to leave on time to make its scheduled visits to local rural customers.

Now the library has enlisted the help of Premier Parking Solutions (PPS) to ensure library users are able to park their cars and use the library. From Thursday 30th June 2022 PPS will issue fines to unauthorised users.

The Libraries Unlimited representative said: “We’re doing it because we want to ensure as many library users as possible, including those with disabilities, elderly, families, room hirers and students, can reliably find spaces in our car park. We also want to make sure our mobile library van, which provides an important service for many isolated customers, can leave the car park on time.”

PPS is providing this service free of charge to Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs all public libraries across Devon and Torbay. This means any money obtained from parking tickets is retained by PPS as part of the agreement. Libraries Unlimited won’t make money from it.

“Unfortunately, in recent times there have been many incidents of the mobile library van being blocked in and parking spaces being taken by unauthorised users,” added the Libraries Unlimited representative. “Customers, including those with disabilities, have complained that they have been unable to use the car park. Devon County Council has no authorisation to issue fines, and building gates would be too expensive. So we have come up with a cost-effective option that we hope will make a real difference.”

“We have many new children’s books in stock and would also like to see as many children as possible to take part in our free Summer Reading Challenge over the summer school holidays. Joining the library is free of charge. We hope this new measure will encourage families to bring their children to our library.”
The car parking hours for the library remain 9am – 6pm on weekdays and 9am – 4pm on Saturdays.

PPS will issue fines to unauthorised cars without a valid parking permit on display or if the owners of the cars in question are not inside the library premises during the library’s opening times: Monday -Friday 9-6pm and Saturday 9-4pm.

Parking for library users will be FREE of charge during opening times. Staff and permit holders will also be able to park for free all day. Outside these times, the car park still remains available to local residents.

Motorbike riders can still park for free in the left corner of the car park provided they won’t use extra car park spaces or obstruct the mobile library van.

A network of 54 libraries in Devon and Torbay, and four Devon mobile libraries, are run by Libraries Unlimited, an independent staff and community owned charity. Join up by filling the online form Join the Library – Devon (devonlibraries.org.uk), or follow on Facebook.

Libraries Unlimited believes…

…in the unlimited potential of library services to make a positive difference to people’s lives and communities through a shared love of reading and access to high quality information and facilities.