Changes to parking restrictions in Eastbourne agreed

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Changes to parking restrictions in several residential Eastbourne roads were agreed last week.

East Sussex County Council has been undertaking a review of waiting times in the town and objections to draft proposals were discussed at a Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday July 22.

The most discussed item was Channel View Road where it was proposed to remove a section of double yellow lines to allow a disabled bay to be installed, but councillors upheld residents’ objections and voted to keep waiting restrictions the same.

Steve Wallis (LDem, Eastbourne - Devonshire) described being ‘gobsmacked’ that residents had supported keeping the status quo, as going back nine or ten years residents had complained about the ‘injustice’ of residents from the other side of the road parking outside their homes.

Therefore he was surprised that nobody had written in expressing this view as it had been a ‘running sore for ages’.

Mr Wallis added: “If we were building this road today there would be parking on both sides but we are where we are and those who have written in and the correspondents are opposed to it.”

Officers explained that the road had been resurfaced in 2014 and after residents experienced what the road would be like without double yellow lines on the south side of the road they described it as ‘extremely congested’, ‘very unsafe’ and ‘difficult to get to’.

Cases were residents’ objections were also upheld by the committee included plans to introduce double yellow lines around the bend at Ascot Close where the markings were reduced just to protect the junction, relocation of a disabled bay in Blackwater Road, and school keep clear markings in Edensor Road.

Officers explained that these proposals were put forward before St John’s Meads Primary School introduced a ‘Stop and Drop’ scheme, and it was felt that zig-zag markings would affect current arrangements.

Barry Taylor (Con, Eastbourne - Meads) described being ‘pleased’ that the scheme was working and would be continuing.

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