Meads parking campaign gets MP’s support

Proposals will see at least 10 parking spaces removed from outside the independent shops in Meads Village and replaced with a no waiting zone
Proposals will see at least 10 parking spaces removed from outside the independent shops in Meads Village and replaced with a no waiting zone

A campaign to save parking spaces in Meads Village for shoppers is gaining momentum and the town’s MP has pledged her support.

Traders in Meads Street are upset at county council plans to take out at least 10 parking spaces in two hour stay bays outside shops and replace them with a no waiting zone.

That, says the council, would make room for a loading bay on the other side of the road for the Co-op lorries to make deliveries but traders say it will mean fewer spaces for shoppers and hit passing business.

MP Caroline Ansell said, “Quite a few locals have concerns over the changes to Meads Street which has a unique character, and these small independent businesses are vital to the life of shopping areas such as this.

“I am concerned these changes will lead to too few parking spaces for shoppers. Parking is tight here so to lose more spaces could well be a retrograde step, especially because adjoining roads rarely have parking space because of residents’ and shopkeepers’ parking. There clearly is a question of where will those wanting to shop in the area would park, if these changes went ahead.”

The consultation is at https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/economy-transport-environment/eastbourne-parking-review-2015-formal-consultation

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