Park and Ride

Article posted on 30 August 2013.

The recently reopened Brixham park and ride car park has received the thumbs up from the town’s chamber of commerce. Businesses in the port believe the new facility at the top of the town will bring in shoppers and help inject vital cash into Brixham’s economy. The park and ride was closed last year when Brixham town council decided not to pay the running costs.

Keith Williams, the vice-chairman of the Brixham Chamber of Commerce said the group decided to approach the council to keep the facility going but after being turned away decided to put the wheels in motion to have it reopen by through other means.

He said the Chamber decided to work with local businessmen, Richard Haddock from Churston Farm Shop and neighbouring businessman Stuart Bridge of Cayman Golf to pursue reopening the facility independently. The Chamber of Commerce contributed £2,000 to the works required to reopen the park and ride.

Mr Williams said: “We began talks with the landowner after Brixham Town Council could no longer continue financing the park and ride. The Chamber of Commerce felt the service was vital in helping to sustain the local economy.”

He said that a hard standing and a turning point for buses needed to be built and added: “The Chamber of Commerce put forward a grant application to the council on behalf of the land owner to seek financial help to built the terminal area. The council refused on the ground that it was not in the public interest to do so. We were disappointed but undeterred and continued our discussions to see what could be done. We decided to help secure the project with a £2,000 grant.

The park and ride opened ahead of schedule and will have capacity for up to 500 cars. A day pass will cost £5 per car regardless of how many people travel in each vehicle.

Mr Williams said it was time more businesses in the port joined the Chamber of Commerce

He added: “All of the £35 annual membership fees are ploughed back into funding projects for the benefit of members or for Brixham such as Brixfest, the pirates festival or tourism projects. With more members we can do more things to the benefit of everyone in Brixham.”