Illegal and dangerous parking is becoming virtually endemic in Uckfield with no part of the town avoiding the blight.
That was the picture painted by town councillors last night (June 19) when they discussed breaches of parking regulations and what input they should make to a Wealden District Council review.
Yesterday (June 19), this website published a list of issues, already identified by the town council, which was put before members for discussion.
Councillors added a number of locations which they considered should be submitted to Wealden but came to the conclusion that issues of:
- Parking on double yellow lines
- Parking on pavements
- Abuse of “blue badge” restrictions
- Over-staying time limited parking spaces in the High Street
- Commuter parking
were prevalent throughout Uckfield.
Town clerk, Holly Goring, said these issues were occurring across the town. Wealden District Council had asked for details of “hot spots” when the reality was that there were common issues throughout the whole of Uckfield.
Specific places added to the list previously published included:
- Regency Close
- A greater length of Grange Road
- Outside Lloyds Bank where parking can cause queues because of vehicles turning into Library Way
- Vans and cars parked opposite the junction of Downsview Crescent with Browns Lane at the Hempstead Fields
- The whole of New Town
- Parking over dropped kerbs near Tesco Express on the Manor Park Estate
- Church Coombe
- Rock Park
- Snatts Road
Here is the original list
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, said parking was getting out of hand in the whole of Uckfield.
Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Uckfield Central, said Grange Road was now an overspill parking area for the High Street.
Cllr Paul Sparks, Liberal Democrat, Uckfield North, said the residents’ association was monitoring parking in Downsview Crescent on the Manor Park Estate after the introduction of its Walk and Talk scheme.
“It is extremely serious and horrendous and I dread to say it, but somebody is going to get seriously injured.
“It is like all these things, they will not do anything until somebody is seriously injured. Something needs to be done.”
Cllr Sparks also pointed to the dangers occurring because of parking opposite the junction of Downsview Crescent and Browns Lane, near Hempstead Fields, commenting: “That whole area needs very serious attention before something happens.”
Uckfield Town Mayor, Cllr Louise Eastwood, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, said vehicles were being parked over dropped kerbs. Residents, if they wished, could take photographs and submit to Operation Crackdown under which Sussex Police would consider the issue.
“It is a good system and it is worth using,” she said.
The issue of enforcement also exercised town councillors and whether enforcement could mean the introduction of pay parking.
Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, Uckfield New Town, said more yellow lines had been introduced but “nobody was coming up with what they are going to do about it”.
“It just gets worse and worse,” he said.
Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative Central Ward, who lives in New Town and represents the Ward at Wealden, said she had submitted a detailed report to the district council about the parking problems in New Town.
At the conclusion of a lengthy discussion, the town council agreed to feed into the Wealden District Council review. They are also to request the town’s other district councillors proactively seek residents’ view and give them to Wealden.
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