Lewes car park time limit relief for traders

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Businesses reacted with alarm and dismay to suggestions the

time limit at a popular car park had been slashed in half.

It threatened to drastically reduce a hard-fought trading increase at the west end of Lewes High Street.

Now it has emerged that the published proposals were a mistake by Lewes District Council. But if they had not been queried, they might well have been adopted.

Independent councillors Stephen Catlin and Ruth O’Keeffe spotted that maps accompanying a consultation on off-street parking indicated the Westgate Street car park had only a two-hour maximum stay.

Several years ago traders campaigned to have the time limit increased to four hours. As a result, business at that end of town has increased since the longer time limit was introduced and receipts at the car park have risen as well.

The Councillors alerted the district council to what emerged as a human error on the map detail. Consequently there are no plans to reduce the time limit.

“It is a great relief to traders,” said Cllr Catlin, “and I am pleased the Town Council was able to intervene.”