District to review ‘hotspots’ - including Hailsham

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Parking congestion in emerging hotspots throughout Wealden go under the microscope as early morning commuters put pressure on kerbside and car parking space.

Hailsham is one of the towns which is to come under Wealden District Council’s scrutiny.

Cllr Graham Wells said, ““Any solution to these problems will need to involve both on-street parking, which is currently the responsibility of the police, and off-street car parking which is mainly the responsbility of this council. I would like to make it clear from the start that we will not be looking to introduce charges for our car parks which are currently free at the point of delivery. We do not intend to let the benefits to local shops, businesses, visitors and residents of our free car parking policy be squandered. So it is important we look at the all responsibilities covered by the 1990 Car Parking Order.

“As part of this district-wide review, we will be involving key stakeholders including local town and parish councils, residents’ associations, chambers of commerce, commuter groups and local businesses, as well as the police and Highways Authority, before making recommendations to Wealden’s Cabinet in December.”

The principally affected areas are at Jarvis Brook in Crowborough, Buxted, Eridge, Uckfield and Polegate. Hailsham is also affected by increasing traffic.

Since the Car Parking Order was made in 1990, there has been an increase in car ownership in line with rising prosperity. In rural areas like Wealden, this has not been matched by an increase in the provision of public transport.

The review of car parking congestion offers an opportunity to look at more flexible definitions of parking hours to better meet local needs.

• Separate to the review on car parking congestion, Wealden District Council is carrying out a £110,000 a year programme of resurfacing to its public car parks.

This is part of a five-year maintenance plan and will includes the installation of low energy LED lighting and anti-graffiti signage.