Community feedback

This page will contain all of the community feedback derived through this website. This may consist of comments on pages or emails through the site. Comments can be expanded by clicking on their heading. This will show evidence of the level of consultation carried out by the Dartmouth Neighbourhood Planning team in compiling our final Neighbourhood Plan for Dartmouth

Comments on the website

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  1. Can I ask what plans are proposed for electric vehicle charging points in dartmouth and the surrounding area. Hybrid and…

  2. Tourism plays a large part in Dartmouth’s economy and the town has a great history but needs to be smartened…

  3. Val Can you please send us your email address or phone number to so our Chairman can contact you.…

Emails received to the site from the community

From: Steve Smith <>
Subject: Carbon emission reduction

Message Body:
It is important for the DTC to lead by example.  I suggest that the Council install PV Solar Panels on all council-owned properties with suitably orientated roofs.
Council-owned properties should be:
1.      assessed for thermal insulation, and brought up to a high standard,
2.      assessed for  suitability for roof-mounted PV Solar Panels, to be fitted where appropriate,
3.      fitted with low-carbon heating appliances
Encouragement needs to be given to local businesses and homes to undertake similar assessments and investment in “ecologically friendly” technologies.

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DNP Car Parking

Geraldine Leigh <>Attachments10:13 (10 hours ago)
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I understand that the Steering Group are considering issues relating to the siting of car parking for the town.

I am a resident of Jawbones Hill and for nearly 5 years have seen and experienced the unfortunate results of poor placing of car parks. In January 2016 work started on the car park on Jawbones Hill. Since then I have experienced mud and debris piled up outside my garage entrance, which come from higher up the hill. In heavy rain the mud and debris are washed down the hill into Crowthers Hill, Smith Street, Smith Street steps and into town. The road drains are frequently blocked solid with the debris, no doubt contributing to flooding lower in the town.

Devon Highways are frequently called upon to clear up the mess, and unblock the drains. Councillor Jonathan Hawkins and our Neighbourhood Highway Officer know about this and have responded on many occasions to requests for assistance. It is simply not possible for a householder to deal with the scale of the problem. I attach photos.

I have lived here since 2005 and can state that these problems were not present when first I moved here butstarted with the building of the car park.

In my view it would be beneficial for the health of residents and improve the amenity of town facilities if visitors were required to park out of town, instead of cruising around looking for parking. Parking should be reserved for blue badge holders and residents.

Geraldine Leigh

Dartmouth Neighbourhood Plan <>11:35 (1 hour ago)
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From: Phil Hayward <>
Subject: Parking

Message Body:
Hi Paul and Brenda

Thank you for setting up this platform towards improving the town.

I would like to be informed of any proposals that are made in relation to permit parking in the town.

Having lived in Dartmouth for nearly 30 years I think there is now a credible case for a residents parking permit scheme.

The town is now busy throughout the calendar year and the amount of cars has increased more than ever since I first arrived.  With the building of so many more new homes at Little Cotton and the new development in Stoke Fleming this is set to become worse in the short term.

The town now needs a parking permit system that meets the needs of its residents first and foremost, then workers and visiting locals from surrounding villages. All holiday makers should use the Park and Ride service keeping the town clearer and safer for local people.

With a new permit scheme there should be a maximum of two permits per household, on roads close to their homes. These permits can be costed at the going rate of other Devon towns eg. £120 per year. The main car park can be sectored off and can be a mixture of local permit holders, workers and spaces for visiting locals with visitors permits. The area by the Boat Float in front of Boots, half of the Embankment and the other inner town roads can be a mixture of two hour parking and residents permit parking.
For obvious reasons priority should be given to local residents who do not already have the use of driveway or garage parking.

A solution to the parking scheme can be a common sense one with the needs of the local people upper most in importance. The Council will make more money than they do now and everyone will benefit. It is a win win situation. What we do not need is another expensive consultation document created by an overpaid, under informed, half wit ‘consultant’ .

OK, that’s about it I think. I could go on and even colour a map in with some crayons but a ‘consultant’ has already done that in the past and got paid a huge some of money for it. Not necessary, just ask local people who are more than capable of giving over a solution for free and making the Council some extra money into the bargain.

Best wishes


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ReplyReply to allForward

From: Hedley Piper <>

Subject: Development and renewal in Dartmouth

Message Body:

In thinking forward, please recognise that it is what was in the past that differentiates Dartmouth from other towns.  

Consciously remaining ‘QUAINT’ is important.  By quaint I mean not having loads of street furniture like traffic directions, signs,  parking meters, Belisha beacons and black and white striped crossings pedestrianisation. 

Taking responsibility from both the pedestrian and the motorist tends to increase the risks of accidents.   There are good studies of the effects of the removal of traffic lights, temporarily and permanently, on the improved inter reactions of drivers and pedestrians with slower passage of vehicles through junctions but increased numbers crossing and dramatically reduced accident rates.   Giving one group of users preferred treatment over others just leads to people not paying attention.

The trades people in winter have to rely on the local population using their services.   local people need to be able to use down town in the summer.

Jeremy Wilson took some of my ideas for reorganisation of traffic flow 23,09,20.

My other interest is in getting a safe usable slipway constructed.  The economic spin off of a good slipway to the area is much greater than the tour busses.  The river is our USP but traditionally DTC seems to have rather ignored it.

The difficulty has been in the interpretation of the NERC act 2006.  The recent House of Lords report considers that the act has been rather overly enthusiastically applied to the detriment of rural economies.  Until the interpretation of the act to our situation can be resolved I can not foresee the slipway getting built.   There are some rather delicate politics to be played out.

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