Long-term solution sought to Uckfield parking enforcement

A long-term solution is being sought to tackle breaches of parking restrictions in Uckfield.

The situation has been highlighted this year with the painting of new yellow lines at junctions and the re-opening of the High Street to two-way traffic with 30-minute parking lay-bys.

There have been complaints from residents of the restrictions being flouted and of cars and commercial vehicles parking on pavements.

Enforcing parking restrictions is no longer a priority for Sussex Police, with most towns in the county now operating a decriminalised parking system – where on-street and off-street parking is controlled by the local authorities and not police.

Parking has not been decriminalised in Wealden.

What Sussex Police will do

UckfieldNews.com asked Sussex Police whether they would be enforcing the new on-street parking limits in the High Street.

Here is the reply.

Chief Inspector Rob Leet said: “Sussex Police will prioritise those parking violations which adversely affect the vulnerable in our communities or which present a clear danger to other road users or pedestrians.”

East Sussex County Council view

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “Currently, enforcement of on-street parking in Wealden is the responsibility of Sussex Police and anyone breaching parking restrictions may be dealt with by the police.

“However, we do recognise and share the desire of residents and traders in Uckfield for a co-ordinated approach to tackling parking problems in the town.

“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.”

There has also been concern that some of the drainage gullies in the High Street have become blocked during the road re-surfacing.

The county council spokesman said: “All of the gullies in the High Street and surrounding areas which have been affected by the highways works will be cleaned by our contractor, Colas, before they leave.”

Readers comment:

Alan Burdon says in a message sent yesterday via the contact form on Uckfield News: Whilst driving through Uckfield Town Centre today at 09.30 I was appalled to see two white vans “parked” on the newly refurbished pavements. Coupled with a double parked delivery van the other side of the road two large articulated lorries were unable to pass.

However putting the traffic congestion aside I am really writing to express my concern at the lack of respect on the part of the van drivers who assumed they could use the new pavements as a parking space.

I hope “Observer” will bear these comments in mind when considering future articles. The cost of the work was prohibitive and if vehicles use these new pavements as parking spaces the good work recently completed will soon be destroyed.

Who is going to “police” this illegal parking?

UTC need to address the problem now before it becomes a nuisance to pedestrians and causes significant damage.

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