Norman Baker hails success in pavement parking campaign in Lewes

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Pavement parking in Lewes could finally be eliminated.

Local MP Norman Baker has for years been campaigning to outlaw the anti-social practice but was originally told by East Sussex County Council that it had no powers to deal with the problem.

He then, while Transport Minister, wrote to the council to give it the powers it needed, but still no action was taken. Now, following more pressure, the council looks likely to finally act.

In a letter to the MP, the council said: “A report will be presented to Lead Member meeting later this year outlining a process by which some localised restrictions could be introduced and enforced. High Street and School Hill in Lewes will be included in the assessment of that report.”

Mr Baker said: “This action is long overdue, but I am glad that it seems that the council is finally taking action. Only this week I have had a local resident contact me who had a nasty fall tripping on a broken pavement which required hospital treatment.

“For too long thoughtless drivers have been damaging paving stones, costing the council unnecessary expenditure at a time of tight budgets, and also forcing pedestrians out into the road.”

The MP has also asked the police to take action against pavement parkers when they come across them.