Consultation on Eastbourne pay to park plan

Residents in Rylstone Road are being asked for their views on parking problems
Residents in Rylstone Road are being asked for their views on parking problems

East Sussex County Council has begun a consultation process to decide whether or not to implement a pay to park scheme in Eastbourne’s Rylstone Road area, writes Dale McCartney.

The council says residents have complained that local workers, businesses, tourists and other visitors are taking up already limited spaces by leaving their vehicles parked all day.

Residents and visitors would require a permit to park from Monday to Saturday between 8am and 6pm. Each household could buy up to two annual permits, the first costing £25 and the second £75 under the proposals.

Businesses could be forced to pay £220 with a maximum of three vehicles in a bid to help minimise congestion while non-permit holders will get the first two hours free of charge and have to pay thereafter.

Local resident Jan Turner, 59, is outraged at the proposals. “Why should I have to pay?” he said. “There are no businesses on my road that are taking up spaces but I’m still going to have to pay. This isn’t going to solve our parking problem.”

The council says any money raised will pay for administration, enforcement and maintenance expenses.

It also hopes it will improve emergency vehicle access to the area as well as help prevent inconsiderate and obstructive parking but Mr Turner is unconvinced.

“It’s just another way of milking us for more money,” he said. “This is all just paper work to make everything official. They will end up doing it anyway.”

Residents will also be able to buy up to 150 visitor permits at 50p each and 300 permits at 25p each for blue badge holders under the proposals plans.

Last year a petition was launched calling for roads off the seafront to be made residents’ parking only areas. People living close to Treasure Island and Princes Park said they are frequently unable to park outside their homes.

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