Free parking in Lewes could boost town trade

Xmas parking win, Lewes'Ruth O'Keeffe, David Clark and Stephen Catlin
Xmas parking win, Lewes'Ruth O'Keeffe, David Clark and Stephen Catlin

Free daytime parking is to be offered in the town for the first time since the Lewes Parking Scheme was introduced.

It is aimed at attracting pre-Christmas shoppers to visit the many and varied shops.

As a result of negotiations undertaken by Cllr Stephen Catlin and David Clark, President of Lewes Chamber of Commerce, Lewes District Council has agreed to limited free parking from 1pm on Saturdays, December 14 and 21.

The car parks offering the shoppers’ service are: Friars Walk (behind the former Magistrates’ Court), Cliffe High Street (the east end) South Street North, East Street and Little East Street.

Cllr Catlin said: “The aim is encourage people from outside the town to come to Lewes and find refreshing ideas that they may not have seen in their own home-town shops.”

“It is a tremendous achievement in which we have been helped by town councillor Merlin Milner and the Mayor, Ruth O’Keeffe. A very big thank you is due to the district council for having overcome its previous objections to the idea and agreeing Lewes has much to offer.”

Mr Clark said: “Working closely with Lewes Town Council, I am delighted to be able to announce such a positive initiative this festive season.

“This partial free parking is only possible with the support of the district council. I would ask as much support is given to the businesses within Lewes. We have some fantastic shops and organisations in the town so let’s all show them our support.”