Parking changes plan for Wealden

Wealden District Council, Hailsham
Wealden District Council, Hailsham

Parking in Wealden could be improved after the district council agreed to review services.

At the December cabinet meeting Wealden District Council agreed to update its Car Parking Order which sets out hours of operation, time limits and proportion of short or long term and disabled spaces in each council run car park.

It also agreed to work in partnership with East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, town and parish councils and Network Rail to review and improve on-street parking arrangements and ensure any restrictions are adequately enforced and appropriate to local need.

Cllr Graham Wells, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Asset Management, said: “I am pleased that we will be taking positive action to address a range of local parking issues.

“I am delighted that we will be taking steps to improve parking across the district whilst maintaining our policy of free car parking at the point of delivery to enhance the viability of town centres and high streets and support economic growth.”

The current Car Parking Order sets timings as three hours for short stay spaces and 23 hours for long stay. The proposed new timings are for short stay spaces to be two or three hours, a new medium stay space of six to 10 hours and long stay to remain 23 hours.

The council said the amended order is intended to deter commuters parking all day but remaining in use for those that work locally. The exact timings and allocations of any changes would be agreed in consultation with local stakeholders including towns and parishes.