CHARGES for parking on Eastbourne seafront have been reduced for the winter months in a bid to boost the economy.
Charges were dropped last year in the run up to and after Christmas and it was announced this week East Sussex County Council would lower them from the start of November until March 31 next year.
Councillor Carl Maynard, lead member for Economy, Transport and Environment said, “We are lowering parking charges on the seafront this winter to help support local businesses in the lead up to Christmas and the quieter trading time in the New Year.
“We carried out a trial of the reduced winter parking charges last year. This concession was well received by with local residents and traders and I am pleased to say we are continuing the trial again this winter ahead of any permanent changes that may come from the current parking review.”
The full outcome of the parking review will be considered by the Economy, Transport and Environment Scrutiny Committee later this month before being presented to Lead Member in December for final approval.
The revised tariff is as follows for pay and display parking from Royal Parade to King Edwards Parade to about 25m west of Wilmington Square.
The proposed changes to pay and display on street parking bays will drop from £1.50 to 20p for stays of up to two hours; £2.50 to £1.20 for stays of up to four hours and £3 to £1.50 for stays of up to six hours. Motorists staying longer than four hours will still pay £4.
Since the trial last winter, a decreased charge has remained in place along King Edwards Parade to the end of pay and display and including the pay and display parking on South Cliff.
This decreased charge will continue over winter and the charges drop from £1.50 to 20p for stays up to two hours; £2.50 down to £1.20 for stays up to four hours; £3 to £1.50 for stays up to six hours and the cost of staying for more than six hours drops from £4 to £2.
For more information about parking go to www.eastsussex.gov.uk/parking