Stop the Meters - Protect Tavistock Town Centre!

by Tavistock BID in Tavistock, Devon, United Kingdom

Total raised £600

raised so far



Help us fund a campaign to stop the implementation of on-street parking charges in Tavistock town centre.

by Tavistock BID in Tavistock, Devon, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 28th March 2023 we'd raised £510 with 19 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Save our Town Centre from the threat of on-street parking charges!

What On-Street Parking Charges would mean for our town
The possibility of on-street charges is the single biggest threat to the businesses of our town since the advent of out-of-town shopping, further encouraging shoppers away from the high street to supermarkets and centres which have their own free parking. It will also force people more towards online shopping.

Maintaining the status quo of 1-hour free parking is essential in order to support the ongoing vitality of the town centre. Easy, free, on-street parking is one of the reasons local people still use their high street and is one of the main reasons Tavistock continues to survive despite the adversity it has suffered in recent years.

Implementation of charges for on-street parking will jeopardise the survival of many town centre businesses, who are facing very difficult trading conditions in the current economic climate. It will also be detrimental to those the town serves, making Tavistock a less-attractive proposition for their daily needs. Reports have shown that availability and convenience of parking is by far and away the most important factor when choosing where to shop and visit. 

Devon County Council says the move would:
• Encourage free movement of traffic and turnover of on street parking to benefit businesses
• Enable enforcement to be undertaken efficiently
• Encourage longer term visitors to use off street car parks
• Encourage those working in the town make more sustainable travel choices eg CarShare, Public Transport, Walking and Cycling

We strongly believe that the current status quo of 1-hour free on the streets in the centre of town already does all of that.

Why are we asking for help?
The town needs you! We are asking for help to fund the Stop the Meters campaign because it is hugely important to all of us - locals and visitors - that on-street parking remains free. Your donation will mean that we can get this campaign off the ground while continuing to meet other obligations to our businesses. Crowdfunding means that funds will not be diverted from existing projects and gives us the best possible chance of creating a campaign that works.

How we will spend the money raised
All funds received will go towards the Stop the Meters campaign. Any funds over the target amount will be ring-fenced and used exclusively for other work carried out by Tavistock BID on behalf and for the benefit of the town centre so that we can all continue to enjoy living in, working in and enjoying Tavistock. 

Tavistock Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led, not-for-profit organisation supported by government legislation which gives businesses the power ‘to raise funds locally to be spent locally’ on improving a defined commercial area. 

How you can play your part
There are three simple ways to help us reach our target:

1. Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our success!

2. Spread the word. Share our campaign on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Sign the petition.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!



This project offered rewards

£10 or more

Stop The Meters Car Sticker

Donate at this level to receive a limited edition Stop the Meters car sticker and signed thank you letter.

£25 or more

Tavistock Tote Bag & Stop The Meters Car Sticker

Donate at this level to receive a Visit Tavistock tote bag - perfect for all your shopping needs while in town! Plus a limited edition Stop The Meters Car Sticker and signed thank you letter.

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