A petition of more than 1,400 names has been handed in to Lewes District Council objecting to plans to build homes on Peacehaven’s car parks.
As part of the council’s New Homes proposal, 80 per cent of council-owned car parks in Peacehaven are set to be built on, including Steyning Avenue Car Park, which is the most used car park in the area.
Residents and customers of businesses adjacent to Steyning Avenue Car Park have gathered more than 1,400 signatures on a petition objecting to the plans, which was handed in to Lewes District Council at the full council meeting last week (October 14).
A spokesperson for Peacehaven Residents Opposed To Untenable Development (PROUD) said: “All the businesses near to Steyning Avenue Car Park rely heavily on it for customer and staff parking, and without it, those businesses will suffer greatly.
“There are four professional health practices adjacent or near this car park, such as a podiatrist/chiropody, optician and two dental practices, who have thousands of patients, many of which are elderly or disabled and cannot walk far. They will suffer if the car park is closed. Customers and business employees will also suffer as it will mean they will have nowhere to park except outside private houses.
“There is not enough designated public car parking spaces in the vicinity for the volume of cars needing to park, and other spaces may be too far away or dangerous if people have to cross the A259.
“The closure of Steyning Avenue Car Park could deprive people of their livelihood and thousands of people of services they rely upon.
“A private block of flats with no parking facility is being built next to Steyning Avenue Car Park and is nearing completion. It is absolutely essential and vital to the longevity of businesses adjacent to Steyning Avenue Car Park that there is sufficient parking.
“Users of all the car parks in Peacehaven where Lewes District Council proposes to build homes may have no choice but to park in surrounding roads, causing congestion.
“There may also be loss of local businesses, poor access for emergency vehicles and a further strain on our overloaded infrastructure.”
As well as Steyning Avenue Car Park, Lewes District Council proposed to build on Piddinghoe Avenue Car Park and Roderick Avenue South Car Park. The plan is to spread 50 new builds across the three different sites.
Visit http://e-voice.org.uk/proud for more information on PROUD or www.lewes.gov.uk/newhomes for more details and site maps of the Lewes District Council New Homes proposal.
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