‘Top priority’ parking problems in Bexhill are due to be identified out of 269 individual sites already flagged up.
East Sussex County Council’s lead member for transport and environment is due to approve a review of outstanding requests for parking restrictions in the town, and to agree the progression of top priority schemes using the limited resources available on Monday July 20.
Unlike Lewes, Eastbourne and Hastings where revenue from Controlled Parking Zones can be used to fund changes, any money for new parking restrictions in the Rother district have to be found from the county council’s road safety revenue budget.
According to an officers’ report this is only £65,000, which covers providing new traffic signs and road markings, traffic surveys, disabled bays, reflector posts, and bollards.
Since both Rother and Wealden districts do not have Civil Parking Enforcement schemes enforcement is the responsibility of Sussex Police.
The report recommends that sites will only be considered for parking restrictions if they are likely to be self-enforcing as Sussex Police had previously indicated that enforcement was not a priority for them.
It reads: “As the level of enforcement that Sussex Police will devote to parking restrictions within Rother is minimal, to the degree that there is no effective enforcement regime, it is unreasonable to commit limited public resources to the management of parking restrictions within the district.
“It is therefore proposed to only prioritise requests for parking restrictions within Rother if they will positively contribute to the reduction of an identified road safety issue.”
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