Blocking off bays is the only answer

I'VE been reading with some concern about all the parking troubles in our town centre, and then two weeks ago, I became yet another victim of one of the wardens employed by NCP Services.

My family decided to spend our Sunday morning on March 1, at the excellent ice rink at Steyne Gardens on its last day.

Being busy, we drove around for a while until we found a space on Marine Parade on the seafront.

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After thoroughly enjoying ourselves on the ice rink (same again next year, please), we then had our breakfast at a great caf in Warwick Street, and then carried on shopping in our local shops in town.

After two to three hours, it was time to head home and as I came back to my car... well, you can guess the next bit.

I've always thought that parking around Steyne Gardens and Marine Parade was free on a Sunday, but now I know I was wrong.

My parking ticket, with the accompanying fine of 70, tells me that parking has been suspended in Marine Parade until March 31.

I'm presuming this is while work is being completed on the old Warnes Hotel site (although obviously not on a Sunday).

What I don't understand, though, is why Worthing Borough Council hasn't cordoned off this area so no one can park there.

Surely this would be easier and safer for residents and visitors than relying on them to spot notices posted on lamp-posts.

Could it be that by leaving spaces available, more revenue can be generated from unsuspecting victims?

I know that a number of cars had tickets tucked under their windscreens that day '“ a good day's work I would imagine for the relevant warden that day.

I have appealed, but this has been rejected based on the fact that a sign was visible confirming the parking suspension '“ something that I can't argue with.

What Worthing Borough Council should remember, however, is that we should be encouraged to come into our town to support local trade.

By having high parking charges and having restrictions imposed on a Sunday simply encourages people not to bother and go elsewhere.

Mark Dallen

Balcombe Avenue


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