There are no two ways about it, on-street parking is in a muddle in Uckfield.
You know things have come to a pretty pass when someone goes to the Police to talk about parking and is told it is decriminalised.
It isn’t. One suspects that’s what Sussex Police want.
Also, it is not the first time such a remark has come from the police – or the police and crime commisioner’s representatives.
The town centre regeneration committee – that’s made up of East Sussex, Wealden and Uckfield Town Councils – told the town before the roadworks that parking would be controlled.
In a way, that’s why the 20 odd parking spaces was quite attractive. A 30-minute waiting period should mean more than 40 vehicles can park in the High Street every hour – that has to be good for trade.
No enforcement has been implemented and, as I and others predicted, this has led to people using the High Street for long-term parking.
Sussex Police will tell you that they have to make choices when budgets are tight. Fair enough, but that doesn’t mean opting out altogether.
The councils promised parking would be controlled. What do we hear? Nothing.
All I have seen is that the town council discussed parking in private during a confidential part of a meeting.
Parking is not their job, as deputy mayor Duncan Bennett indicated this week in a Facebook post. It was also a point I made a couple of weeks ago.
So if it’s not their job, what were they talking about in private last month?
And then, the man who started the latest debate on the parking muddle was told the town council was working hard to minimise illegal parking in the town.
Curiouser and curiouser.
While we wait for someone to clear up the muddle – actually, parking is fast becoming a fabled omni-shambles – I thought it best to give some advice to those parking in the High Street.
Current custom and practice means it is OK to:
- Park with all wheels on the pavement if you have a large articulated truck;
- Park half-on and half-off the pavement if you are a van driver;
- Park in the spaces reserved for the disabled, even if you are not disabled and can run up the High Street as fast as Usain Bolt; and
- Park for as long as you like in any other High Street spaces you can find.
For the High Street, and the rest of the town, the double yellow lines are merely a decoration to make the street scene more colourful.
Enjoy your weekend but don’t hold your breath that this nonsense will be sorted out any time soon.
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