Luxford car park, Uckfield

Uckfield and Buxted commuter parking – council set to act

Wealden District Council is to to take a closer look at the problems caused by  parking congestion in Uckfield and Buxted caused by commuters.

It is part of work going on across the whole district where early morning commuters are putting pressure on kerbside and car park space.

Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet member for Housing and Asset Management, said: “We have become aware of growing congestion on our streets in parts of the District as commuters, some of them from outside Wealden,  make use of our mainline railway stations, but not the pay parking provided at them.

“Councillors, local chambers of commerce and residents polled by the police, have highlighted issues raised by early morning commuter parking, both in taking up parking space used by shoppers and local workers, and causing traffic bottleneck in residential areas.

“Any solution to these problems will need to involve both on-street parking, which is currently the responsibility of the Police, and off-street car parking which is mainly the responsbility of this council.

“I would like to make it clear from the start that we will not be looking to introduce charges for our car parks which are currently free at the point of delivery.  We do not intend to let the benefits to local shops, businesses, visitors and residents of our free car parking policy be squandered. So it is important we look at the all responsibilities covered by the 1990 Car Parking Order.

“As part of this District-wide review, we will be involving key stakeholders including local town and parish councils, residents’ associations, chambers of commerce, commuter groups and local businesses, as well as the Police  and Highways Authority, before making recommendations to Wealden’s Cabinet in December,” he said.

Since the Car Parking Order was made in 1990, there has been an increase in car ownership in line with rising prosperity. In rural areas like Wealden, this has not been matched by an increase in the provision of public transport, Wealden District Council said.

“The review of car parking congestion offers an opportunity to look at more flexible definitions of parking hours to better meet local needs. It will also help the council work with Network Rail to ensure its new commuter car park in Uckfield is properly used by motorists using the station.

“Separate to the review on car parking congestion, Wealden District Council is carrying out a £110,000 a year programme of resurfacing to its public car parks. This is part of a five year maintenance plan and will include the installation of low energy LED lighting and anti-graffiti signage,” the council said in a statement.

News of a likely tightening of the definition of long-term for the Luxford car park, Uckfield, was first given on this website on July 5. Story here

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Note to Editors:

The majority of councils across the country, including Eastbourne, Hastings and Lewes in East Sussex, have de-criminalised on-street car parking and it is managed and monitored by the local council. That is normally the relevant

Highway Authority (County Council) but can be devolved to the district or

borough council. De-criminalised on-street parking is the preferred option of

the Police, of the Highways Authority and of central Government.

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