Businesses back Bexhill parking change

Vehicles parked right up on the pavement in Bexhill
Vehicles parked right up on the pavement in Bexhill

Businesses are affected by the current parking situation in Bexhill and would benefit from change, according to the town’s Chamber of Commerce.

The group representing business owners believe parking should be decriminalised as it is the most viable option.

Vice-president Kate Lovering said: “For businesses it is an inconvenience if parking close to their business is unavailable, it would be beneficial if an enforceable permit system was in place for business owners so that they are able to park in close to their business.”

Residents and politicians have lambasted East Sussex County Council and Rother District Council for not taking action over the problems.

The district is one of only 17 in England and Wales not to have changed illegal parking to a civil offence.

Ms Lovering thinks parking in Bexhill comes down to two different issues: free and paid-for parking.

“It is always a struggle to find free parking in the town, however it is on very rare occasion that there are no fee charging parking spaces available,” she said.
“Given this, makes me doubt how beneficial another pay and display car park would be given that the ones currently in the town are rarely full.”

Bexhill is not alone as Battle Town councillors lamented the district authority’s stubbornness over the problem at a meeting this week.

A county council spokesman said it is aware of the issue and will continue the dialogue with Rother and its residents.

“Permits are in place in some areas of Bexhill, however with parking being a criminal offence there is not the manpower available to enforce this,” Mrs Lovering said.

“Were parking to be decriminalised and made a civil offense then traffic wardens could be deployed as effectively as they have been in other areas.

“It would also be useful for businesses if there was more time restricted spaces on the high streets so that customers could park close, the time limit would mean that spaces would become more readily available and that would enable a better flow of customers.

“Again this would only work if there was the man power to make it enforceable, which would only be the case were it decriminalised.”

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