Lewes MP Norman Baker has called for a change in the town’s car parking rules to help support local traders.
He has contacted Lewes District Council to request reform of the district council-run car parks in the centre of Lewes.
Having been contacted by local constituents and traders on this subject, Mr Baker is calling on the council to specifically look at introducing at least one – and preferably more – ‘pay as you exit’ car parks to help support the development of the local economy and encourage people to stay when they are visiting the town centre.
The Lib Dem MP said: “The rationale behind this is that, under current parking rules, when people have to choose a length of time, they will hurry back to their car even if they wish to spend more time shopping. Under ‘pay as you exit’ people would be encouraged to stay in Lewes for longer and spend more with our local businesses.
“This seems to me to be a simple way to help local businesses and I would encourage Lewes District Council to adopt this as policy for town centre car parks.”
Meanwhile, a petition calling for a relaxation of the stringent parking rules in Lewes will be debated next month.
Presented by Lewes Town Councillor Stephen Catlin, the petition calls for free parking in the town on Saturdays and for 30 minutes free parking on School Hill Monday to Friday. It was signed by nearly 2,000 people.
Cllr Catlin has drawn the council’s attention to the fact that Bognor is running a free parking for two hours scheme in certain car parks to encourage more visitors.