New bid to solve parking problem

Letters appealing for help with the rail station parking problem in Uckfield could be sent the Secretary of State for Transport and the top men responsible for running trains to the town.

The town council is due,  at a meeting on Monday, to consider the draft of a letter from the Mayor of Uckfield, Cllr Len Ashby, setting out details of a campaign to use derelict railway land for car parking until redevelopment goes ahead.

The letter could be sent to Secretary of State for Transport Lord Adonis, managing director of Southern Chris Burchell, chief executive of Go-Ahead, owner of Southern and other transport franchises, Keith Ludeman and the chief executive of Network Rail Ian Coucher.

The draft tells how the lack of car parking space at Uckfield station has led to complaints from customers and residents who find cars parked outside their houses from early in the morning until the evening.

'In these circumstances the sense of frustration over lack of action to address the issues has steadily grown …

'The purpose of this letter is to request you to personally intervene and use your good offices to bring this situation to a sensible, logical, practical and, most-importantly, swift conclusion.'

It is suggested an additional sentence could be included in the letters to Lord Adonis and Chris Burchell saying: 'I am writing following our conversation during the Labour Party Annual Conference.'


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