Temporary parking sign which has been put in Uckfield High Street to try and deter illegal parking

High Street parking: eye on errant drivers

Drivers flouting parking restrictions in Uckfield High Street are being asked to act responsibly.

Temporary signs have gone up requesting drivers to obey the rules.

They warn “illegal and inconsiderate parkers” that the community is watching them.

The notices, backed by Uckfield Town Council, Wealden District Council and Sussex Police also say: Most people park properly . . . are you one of the few who do not?

Parking rules enforcement

Completion of the High Street roadworks in September brought about the introduction of 30-minute waiting times for the allocated parking spaces.

However, it became clear there was no way of enforcing the rules after Sussex Police said it would only take action against drivers whose actions put others at risk or which adversely affected the vulnerable.

Since then, some of the short-term spaces have been used by long-term parkers. Delivery lorries, vans and cars have also parked on the pavement.

Long-term solution sought

In September East Sussex County Council said: “We are working with our partners, including the district and town councils, to seek a long-term solution to this issue and a full-report  on these matters will go to the next meeting of the Uckfield Town Centre Regeneration Joint Committee in the autumn.”

The joint committee did not meet in the autumn and, as reported yesterday (December 5) is now expected to meet in January.

Town council discussion in private

The town council discussed parking in private during a full council meeting in October under the heading: Initial review of parking.

The published minutes stated: “Members considered the report provided and subsequently resolved to request that the town clerk liaise with the relevant bodies to address and action the proposed next steps.”

Those next steps were not detailed in the minutes of the meeting.

The signs are similar to ones deployed in Wealden to try and alter driver behaviour to cut the toll of road accidents.

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