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Parking notices cause chaos in Dartmoor National Park

Changes to notices about parking have been causing chaos in the Dartmoor National Park after motorists claimed that new subtle signs are not clear enough.

Parking enforcement signs in the area were erected with a design that was planned so as not to “affect the beauty of the location or breach planning regulations”, according to a council spokeswoman who spoke to the Plymouth Herald.

However, residents have said that changes to the parking regulations, which meant that the area is now a pay and display car park, were not clear as a result of the poor signage. Jon Bennett, from Plymouth, told the paper he received a £35 penalty notice last month and has witnessed several other cars receive fines.

He said: “I'm certain this was mainly due to a lot of the motorists simply not realising it was now a pay and display car parking due to the lack of effective signage.

“I'm sure they were not parked in illegal areas. My partner actually spoke to the parking attendant who was at the scene and he agreed that he felt the signage was lacking.”

The car park in question was formally a 'donation-only' car park and residents have suggested that clearer signs were needed to notify people of the change to it become pay and display.

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