Changes to car parking regulations being planned for Uckfield by the district council look set to deter long-term parking by commuters.
The aim will still be to provide free spaces for those who work locally and for shoppers.
Wealden District Council is continuing its review of car parking across the whole of its area “with a focus on ensuring that parking is in line with local needs”.
The Council Car Parking Order, which sets out the hours of operation, time limits and proportion of short or long term and disabled spaces for each council-run car park is to be updated.
Wealden will work in partnership with East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, town and parish councils and Network Rail to review and improve on-street parking arrangements and ensure any restrictions are “adequately enforced and appropriate to local need”.
Cllr Graham Wells, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Asset Management, said: “I am pleased that we will be taking positive action to address a range of local parking issues.
“The recommendations were made following consultation with key local stakeholders and taking into account environmental and sustainability issues and I am delighted that we will be taking steps to improve parking across the district whilst maintaining our policy of free car parking at the point of delivery to enhance the viability of town centres and high streets and support economic growth.”
The current Car Parking Order, which dates from 1990, sets timings as 3 hours for short stay spaces and 23 hours for long stay.
The proposed new timings, which will provide greater flexibility, are for short stay spaces to be 2 or 3 hours, a new medium stay space of 6 to 10 hours and long stay to remain 23 hours.
A statement by the council said: “The amended order is intended to deter commuters parking all day but remaining in use for those that work locally. The exact timings and allocations of any changes would be agreed in consultation with local stakeholders including towns and parishes.”
Car parking fact file
- Wealden District Council operates 40 car parks
- It provides about 2,700 car parking spaces
- The council operates three car parks in Uckfield – Luxford Field, Regency Close (north) and Regency Close (south)
- The car parks at Bell Walk, Tesco and Waitrose are privately owned and managed
- Network Rail is planning to build a commuters’ car park on the site of the old station goods yard