LETTER: Silver lining for the shoppers

The train strike may be causing misery for commuters, but it is having the opposite effect in Polegate for residents who wish to go shopping. More than half the car parking spaces in the town centre are now available to residents and in particular those in the two hour limited spaces outside the main shops and in Black Path.

Normally these are blocked by freeloading commuters from about 7am onwards who completely ignore the restrictions. What is the point of them if these people, who do not live in our town, can ignore them with impunity and cause parking chaos. The railway car park is rarely 50 per cent full as they are loathe to pay the parking charge.

Whilst the police do nothing to enforce the legal restrictions this situation will continue. The new council has stored up loads of money in its coffers with their ludicrous hike of more than seven per cent in our precept. How about using some of this to pay for a traffic warden?

Michael Clewett

Old Drive, Polegate

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