Parking in Eastbourne could see radical shake-up

A RADICAL shake up of Eastbourne’s controversial pay to park scheme is on the cards.

Meads, Rodmill and Hampden Park look set to have parking controls for the first time, there could be free parking in some areas of the seafront and all loading bays may operate from 7am to 7pm instead of 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Some roads could have their maximum stay bays extended to four hours and others may be reduced to an hour.

Parking on the seafront looks likely to be charged for seven days a week, roads immediately behind the seafront could also have meters and there may be some changes to the operation of the hotel guest permit scheme. The possible changes were unveiled by transport chiefs at East Sussex County Council this week who said the proposed changes came about after a year of widespread public consultation. The council will now consult again on the recommendations, hold exhibitions in the town and a decision will be made by newly-appointed lead member for transport and the environment at County Hall, Carl Maynard, in the autumn. Work could begin early next year.

It is proposed to extend the Controlled Parking Zone to the east from Cavendish Place, to Bourne Street, Marine Road and St Aubyn’s Road. Here, the existing town centre scheme would operate in the streets closest to the seafront while the controls in the remaining streets would allow permit holder parking and free parking for those without permits.

Permit holder and free two-hour parking for those without permits is also proposed around the rear of the Grand Hotel and in several streets to the west of the town centre.

Limited control measures are proposed to the north of the town centre around Hartfield Road, Old Orchard Road and Arlington Road and the proposals include double yellow lines at a number of junctions to maintain visibility, small scale parking permit schemes, such as at the eastern end of The Goffs, and the provision of restrictions to protect access to driveways.

To the north of the town centre, the proposals are to introduce permit holder parking and free two-hour parking for those without permits in parts of Commercial Road and St Leonards Road.

The proposed controls would be in place Monday to Saturday (8am to 6pm) in most areas, but would also operate on Sundays in the streets near the seafront during the summer.

In Meads a small parking permit scheme is proposed to ease pressures in the centre of the area, though the existing two hour free parking immediately outside the shops on Meads Street would remain. In Rodmill, the proposals include double yellow lines to improve visibility at junctions and traffic flow, a small residents’ parking scheme on Rangemoor Drive, and free 30 minutes parking outside the shops on Framfield Way.

In Hampden Park few control measures are proposed namely the provision of double yellow lines to improve visibility at several junctions, and a loading bay and time limited free parking to serve the local businesses close to Hampden Park station.

People can see the plans and discuss the proposals with a member of the parking team at any of the following exhibitions: Monday June 27, 3pm to 8pm, St John’s Parish Hall, Meads Road; Tuesday June 28, 3pm to 8pm Cavendish School, Eldon Road; Wednesday and Thursday June 29 and 30, 10am to 7pm, Big Sleep Hotel, King Edwards Parade; Friday July 1, 10am – 7pm, Devonshire Lounge, International Lawn Tennis Centre, Devonshire Park, College Road, and Saturday July 2, 3.30pm – 8pm, Christ Church Main Hall inter-section of Seaside and Hanover Road.