Broken car park displays are giving motorists false hope, promising spaces only to leave drivers waiting in a queue, a Devon county councillor has revealed.
Devon County Council said signs for one Exeter car park had been turned off and it was “aware of recurring problems” with others, including the award-winning car park for the new John Lewis department store.
The electronic information boards in Exeter’s car parks are so inaccurate that it would be better to switch them off, according to Emma Morse, Labour county councillor for Pinhoe and Mincinglake.
She said: “They are looked after by Devon County Council but I think they might as well be switched off as they are just giving people false hope and making traffic worse.
“You can drive across town to a car park because they have told you there are spaces but when you get there you find a queue.”
The burgeoning city, which is growing rapidly particularly in the east, is a magnet for shoppers from across the region at weekends with lengthy queues for many of the centre’s car parks.
A Devon County Council spokesman said: “There are problems with the signs at the top of Holloway St and Willeys Avenue, which we have asked our contractor to investigate.
“We are also currently not receiving information from the John Lewis car park, which is being investigated by the city council.
“All signs for Mary Arches Street car park have been turned off as the count loops are damaged, and won’t be repaired until the entrance and exit to the car park has been resurfaced by the city council.”