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Stephen Catlin and Ruth O'Keeffe present parking petition to Clr Colin Belsey at County Hall, Lewes.

Stephen Catlin and Ruth O'Keeffe present parking petition to Clr Colin Belsey at County Hall, Lewes.

A petition signed by more than 2,000 people calling for free parking in Lewes on Saturdays has been delivered to County Hall.

It also requests half-an-hour of free parking on School Hill Mondays to Fridays.

The petition, backed by Lewes Chamber of Commerce, is the initiative of Lewes Town Cllr Stephen Catlin, who presented it to the Chairman of East Sussex County Council, Cllr Colin Belsey.

Cllr Catlin later delivered his collection of signatures to Cllr Michael Chartier, Chairman of Lewes District Council.

“I think we have a foot in the door, with the district council having granted some free parking on Saturdays before Christmas,” said Cllr Catlin. “Sadly the county council is not catching up – they are only giving one hour for each of the three Thursdays remaining before Christmas [from 4pm on December 5, 12 and 19].

“And they have not yet answered my questions regarding signs advertising shoppers’ parking on Saturdays at the County Hall car park to the west of the town centre.”

He added: “If it is such a wonderful scheme, why has it not been implemented in Wealden or Rother?”

Last week it emerged that the district council had agreed to limited free parking from 1pm on the Saturdays December 14 and 21 with the aim of attracting Christmas shoppers to visit the many and varied outlets Lewes has to offer.

 

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