New plea to Sussex Police over ‘anti-social’ parking

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On the way to school and getting round pavement parking. Photo from Living Streets

Sussex Police are being asked again to tackle “anti-social” parking in Uckfield and across the whole of Wealden.

The leader of the district council, Cllr Bob Standley, is to meet officers and will ask for PCSOs to tackle parking breaches as part of their duties.

Cllr Bob Standley

The news was given to Uckfield Town Council this week by Cllr Helen Firth, who also sits on Wealden District Council.

Uckfield and Wealden are different to most areas in the country because there is no civil parking enforcement (CPE).

Parking control remains with Sussex Police but officers will not get involved unless a parked vehicle is causing a danger to other road users.

It is not regarded as a priority.

Cllr Firth said Cllr Standley would talk to Inspector Jon Gross (Wealden Police inspector) to “try and convince him that he needs to pass back the issue on anti-anti-social parking to PCSOs so that they can deal with it”.

At present, PCSOs in Sussex have not been given powers by the Chief Constable to deal with parking issues.

Cllr Helen Firth

Town councillor, Paul Sparks, who also a member of Wealden, said the re-opening of Uckfield College and Manor Primary School had created quite a few instances of inconsiderate parking.

“I am in touch with the college at the moment to see how we can relieve some of that,” he said.

Cllr Jez Beesley said PCSOs attended on one occasion to deal with parking issues near to the college. “Clearly the message has got across to them,” he said.

Town clerk Holly Goring said the previous Chief Constable would not budge on the parking enforcement issue but said a new Chief was in place and it would be interesting to see what her attitude would be.

Wealden came close to bringing in a Civil Parking Enforcement regime but backed away from the idea in January 2018

See our report here

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