Where can the workers park?

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New parking restrictions have come into force at locations around Uckfield but not everyone is happy with the changes.

East Sussex County Council contractors were in the town Monday and Tuesday this week painting double yellow lines in 14 places.

A County spokesman says the new restrictions, which prohibit waiting at any time, were introduced after concerns about safety problems caused by cars parking in potentially unsafe places. The measures are being put in place ahead of the second stage of the Uckfield Town Centre Improvement Scheme.

He went on: “These are areas where people have raised concerns about the safety of road users and pedestrians due to parked cars. New restrictions will make these areas safer and will link in with the improvement scheme to help to reduce congestion and improve conditions for people visiting, living or working in Uckfield.”

But local businesspeople say they were unaware of any consultation about the new restrictions and there are concerns they may cause severe problems for people who need to park near where they work.

Chris Lawson from Lawson Commercial told the Express: “I have noticed that since all-day parking charges have been introduced both at the new railway station and Luxford car parks, more people have been leaving their cars on streets around the station and Newtown area. Parking along Bell Lane makes it difficult for delivery vehicles. But it worries me that people who work in and a round the town where there is no off-street parking now can’t outside where they work. The sum of £4 a day is an enormous extra sum to find from your pay packet.

“When some factories were built in the 60s and 70s not so many people drove to work. But they do now. where are they going to park?”

A County spokesman said: “The Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) for the new restrictions was subject to a formal consultation before going to the county council planning committee in August. We consulted with the emergency services, Uckfield Town Council, Wealden District Council and local county councillors, none of whom raised any objection. The proposed changes were also advertised to the public via advertisements in the local press and on signs at the affected locations, with 23 objections and comments received relating to four of the sites in question.”

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