Time limits on long-stay parking in the Luxford Field car park, Uckfield, may be tightened when a new car park opposite the railway station is opened.
The aim of the change would be to take commuter parking away from the Luxford car park, while still making it available for shoppers and local workers.
Wealden District Council (WDC), which owns the car park, has said: “Network Rail have recently been successful in acquiring land close to Uckfield Station in order to provide a station car park with 139 spaces for commuters.
“This is part of wider work being progressed by the Uckfield Town Centre Steering Group to implement the Uckfield Master Plan. In order to support the provision of a commuter car park at the station it will be necessary to review the provision of WDC parking in Luxford Field to ensure that the definition of long-stay parking prevents commuter parking whilst allowing local workers and shoppers to park.
“In addition short-stay parking provision needs to be maintained to enable shoppers to park.
“Uckfield also has issues with commuter on street parking which will need to be addressed as part of an overall solution.”
The district council is carrying out a comprehensive review of parking across the district and will be considering various options, including more “flexible definitons of parking hours to better meet local need”.
The report also considers what may happen to on-street parking throughout the district.
On-street parking breaches have been “de-criminalised” in some East Sussex towns,including Lewes,with control in the hands of the county council. In Wealden, the Police monitor on-street parking.
*Motorists parking at car parks serving railway stations are usually charged.
*The Luxford Field car park 219 long-stay bays (up to 23 hours) and 35 short-stay bays (up to three hours). There are seven bays for disabled drivers (short-stay).
* See the results of the UckfieldNews.com parking survey from 2011 here