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Businesses sign up to new park and change scheme

By Jennifer Byrne

Written: 07 April 2015


Businesses have now started to sign up to the new scheme called Park & Change to help lower congestion issues in the city.

The sites in support of the new scheme are Darts Farm, Topsham, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Woodleigh Coach House, Cheriton Bishop, Fingle Glen Golf Hotel, Tedburn and a site in Pinhoe, totalling over 60 spaces for Park & Change.

Michelle Vardy, Owner of the Woodleigh Coach House is delighted to be a part of the new scheme saying, “I am very pleased to support the Park and Change scheme.  I hope it will help reduce pollution levels and also lower the travel and parking costs for people working in the City.”

The Park and Change scheme has four main aims: to help people save money on fuel; to reduce congestion, pollution and carbon foot print; to help drivers to meet new people and to help people get fitter by choosing a different mode of transport.

Chris Lorimer, Chair of the Exeter Chamber’s sub group ESBN said, ““We are delighted by the response from these businesses and we are now well on our way to establishing 10 sites for commuters to access Exeter. The continued growth of our city depends upon its ability to ensure that people can get in and out easily and the Park & Change initiative adds a further option to the range of choices available."

The new scheme, aimed at cutting congestion in the city was launched at Exeter Chamber’s monthly lunch in October last year in the hope that the Chamber along with Devon County Council and the Chamber subgroup, ESBN (Exeter Sustainable Business Network) will be able to interact with local organisations and build greater awareness for the scheme from environmentally conscious companies.

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