Changes have been made to parking arrangements in an Eastbourne town centre road which means cars are parking half on the pavements.
Half of each allocated parking bay – marked with white paint – is on the road with the remaining half on the pavement.
East Sussex County Council said this week that was the preferred option as opposed to removing residents’ parking altogether.
A spokesperson said, “The changes to residents’ parking along Ashford Road have been necessary in order to introduce the Horsey Way Cycle Route between the Station and Ringwood Road, part of the much wider Eastbourne Cycling Improvements agreed by the county council and Eastbourne Borough Council.
“In order to maintain two lanes of traffic, as well as residents’ parking, the parking bays on the south side of the road have been converted to half-on, half-off pavement parking. The only alternative would have been to remove residents’ parking in part of the town where parking spaces are already at a premium.
“Although not very common in East Sussex, this method is approved by the Department for Transport, and the cycleway was approved following extensive consultation with local residents. Parking half-on, half-off the pavement is approved at this location only and not in other areas.
“Minimum footway widths have been maintained to ensure people can still get past with a pushchair or in a mobility scooter, while the edges of the kerbs have been changed to a 45 degree angle, to allow drivers to access the bays quickly and safely and without fear of tyre damage.
“There are also passing places created by gaps in the marked bays where access to fire hydrants must be maintained, while pedestrian crossing facilities near Susans Road have also been improved should people prefer to walk on the widened footway.”
Ashford Road forms part of the Horsey Cycle Route which, when complete, will run from Eastbourne railway station to Sovereign Harbour. The cycle route is being constructed in phases, with a section between Ringwood Road and Lottbridge Drove already constructed.
The works undertaken recently in Ashford Road will allow the next phase of the cycle/pedestrian route to be introduced on the north side of the road in the future.
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