Double yellow lines u-turn by highways chiefs

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Plans to put more double yellow lines down in Eastbourne have been scrapped after a campaign.

The highways authority said this week it would be withdrawing its plans to introduce double yellow lines in New Road, shared use bays and more double yellow lines in Pevensey Road and pulling proposals for a loading bay, disabled bays and double yellow lines in Marine Road.

It is also scrapping double yellow lines proposed in the Village and Derwent Road in Meads, Bernard Lane and Beatrice Lane, Mill Gap Road, Upperton Road, Fitzgerald Close, at the junction of Mill Gap Road, St Anne’s Road, Torfield Road and Richmond Place.

The climbdown comes after 131 people objected to the plans which were part of a review of parking restrictions in the town by East Sussex County Council.

A spokesperson for the highways authority said, “We plan to undertake a focused consultation early in the new financial year to assess the requirements of local residents and business affected in Pevensey Road, New Road and Marine Road.”

The spokesperson also said in other areas the double yellow lines could be scrapped without compromising health and safety reasons for their inclusion.

Campaigners who were initially outraged with more double yellow lines being put down across the town say they are delighted they are being withdrawn.

Liberal Democrat Steve Wallis, who led the campaign, said, “This is good news for local residents. I pay tribute to those who were involved in the campaign to stop these proposals going ahead.”

The withdrawal of the double yellow lines plan was due to be rubber-stamped by the council’s planning committee yesterday (Thursday).