Update: The proposed changes were approved by Wealden’s cabinet.
Our original story on January 26: New time limits for parking in Uckfield car parks are due to be considered by Wealden Council’s cabinet on Wednesday (January 28).
Three car parks will be covered by a new parking order. They are Luxford Field, Regency Close North and Regency Close South.
If the proposals are approved short stay, daytime, parking at Luxford Field will be limited to three hours and medium term to ten hours.
Regency Close North car park will be for medium term stays up to ten hours and Regency Close South, for short stays up to three hours.
Overnight, between 6pm and 8am, short stay limits will be extended in Luxford Field and Regency Close South car parks to 14 hours. On Sundays and Bank Holidays short stay limits will be extended to 23 hours.
Enforcement in all three car parks will be carried out by automatic number plate recognition cameras.
Long term parking in the town, for up to 23 hours, will be provided at the new Network Rail car park opposite the railway station.
It has always been said that new time limits would come into effect after the opening of the Network Rail car park.
By the time the order comes into force there will be 175 medium stay spaces of ten hours at Luxford field (instead of 267 long stay spaces), and 112 short stay spaces of three hours (instead of 35). There will be 17 disabled bays – previously seven – and one motorcycle bay.
The number of spaces at Regency Close South (24) and Regency Close North (17) will remain as at present.
Papers going to Wealden Cabinet say a review would be conducted of all changes after a year to gauge car park usage to take into account the effects of the new Network Rail car park and High Street improvements.
The second stage of High Street improvements is still under review but it was revealed at a meeting hosted by Uckfield Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, January 15, that in addition to loading and unloading bays and disabled spaces there could also be pick-up and drop-off bays with waiting limited to 20-minute periods.
Proposals being considered for the second stage were said at the Chamber meeting to include:
- Widening pavements to eliminate pedestrian pinch points
- New Yorkstone paving
- Loading and unloading bays
- Disabled parking
- Pick-up and drop-off bays with waiting limited to 20-minute periods
- Twenty Acer Streetwise trees with Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems built into tree pits which could help with flooding at the bottom of the High Street during heavy rainfall.
Bus lay-bys are likely to be excluded because bus companies said once they were in them they found it difficult to exit.
Improvement works were carried at at the Luxford car park last year. Read more here: New sign for revamped Luxford car park, Uckfield.
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