SEAFORD: County urged to resolve residents parking concerns

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PART-DAY parking restrictions at Station Road in Bishopstone could be the answer to problems that residents have experienced, according to Seaford MP Norman Baker.

In a call for the concerns of residents of Station Road to be addressed once-and-for-all, Mr Baker has written to the Rupert Cubb, director of transport and environment at East Sussex County Council (ESCC).

Mr Baker has asked that renewed consideration be given to resolving parking issues on this road.

He said part-day restrictions could be the way forward and should be reconsidered.

He said these restrictions could be placed on the road under powers given to local authorities and for example could restrict parking between 9am and 10am and 1pm and 2pm.

Such restrictions have been implemented near Haywards Heath train station as a tool to dissuade commuters from parking in residential streets.

Station Road in Bishopstone is situated next to Bishopstone Railway Station.

Mr Baker said, “There are genuine concerns about commuters parking on this road and these concerns have rumbled on for years now.

“If residents cannot get deliveries, or cannot park then that needs to be looked into seriously.

“I am calling on the council to revisit this case and consider implementing measures that I have personally seen being successful elsewhere.”

Local county councillor Pat Ost, who has met with residents of Station Road to discuss the problem, added, “I have some sympathy for the situation that residents in Station Road find themselves in.

“It is unacceptable that congestion should prevent residents accessing a full range of services and deliveries.

“I am disappointed we have been unable to resolve this problem. I would urge we reconsider any practicable solutions.”

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said it would be looking at Station Road as part of the Lewes parking review. As part of a consultation by ESCC residents and businesses are being asked for their views on parking in Lewes and the surrounding areas.