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Dolton Celebrates New £64K Village Car Park

Dolton Car Park

Residents in the village of Dolton gathered last Friday 6th April to celebrate the official opening of their new village car park by the Leader of Torridge Council, Councillor Jane Whittaker. The project was assisted by Council grants of £36,500 made up of £30,000 from the New Homes Bonus community fund and £6,500 from the Ward Councillors grant moneys.

The car park has been built on land adjacent to the village hall, with an expectation that it will not only offer much needed parking for the many events held in the hall, but also for other events and venues in the vicinity of its village centre location.  The Parish Council hope that part of the benefit to villagers will be a reduction in the amount of on-street parking, reduced congestion and improved traffic flow and safety throughout the village.

The car park also has very "green credentials" and was built using a recycled plastic grid system with grass seeded areas in the parking bays and chippings in the roadways creating environmentally friendly self drainage surfaces.  Extra money has also been spent on landscaping and fencing so that the facility blends in with its surroundings.  Although off limits to commercial and larger vehicles the car park will be free to use for all private cars ad SUV owners

Three Moors Councillor and Planning Committee Chair Councillor Rosemary Lock Said:

"This is a huge achievement for the Parish Council that initiated this project but I am really proud that Torridge Council were able to make available such substantial grants of nearly £37K towards the building. It has been a really positive experience for me personally to support and co-sponsor the early proposals and grant application. Hopefully it will inspire others to think of projects for their own areas and apply to the new round of Community Grant funding available in this new financial year just started"

10 April 2018