Late councillor’s idea gets unanimous vote

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COUNCILLORS honoured the memory of a colleague who died by passing his final resolution.

Popular Roy Martin represented Polegate on Wealden District Council for 23 years before his death earlier this year and by way of paying tribute to his dedication to the local authority, current councillors voted unanimously in favour of the last proposal he submitted.

The late Cllr Martin had long lobbied for the council to take a closer look at the parking provisions in Polegate and see what improvements could be made.

He had got as far as submitting the proposal but became ill and passed before he before it was discussed by the council.

In his absence, Cllr Charles Peck said it was only right that members took up the cause Cllr Martin – the man dubbed Mr Polegate by many – had raised, saying, “Polegate is one of the five great towns of Wealden, but whereas the other towns all have public car parking provided by the council, there are no such provisions in Polegate.”

And seconding the plans, Cllr John Blake added, “Polegate town has a very serious car parking problem.

“With plans to increase the number of houses in the Hailsham and Polegate area forming a key part of our core strategy, we can expect to see many more commuters using the station in Polegate in the future, putting further pressure on car parking spaces.”

The motion called for the council to investigate the extent of off-and on-street parking currently provided in Polegate compared to other market towns, and after appropriate consultation, consider what parking improvements might benefit the public.

An advisory group, made up of councillors, has now been tasked with the job. Just last week lcoals in Polegate voted in a replacement for Cllr Martin, with Lib Dem Don Broadbent elected onto the council.

What do you think of parking across Wealden? What changes would you like to see? Please email us at eastbourne.herald@trbeckett.co.uk.