Plans for a new Uckfield car park on the old station site (pictured) “had a lot of positive feedback”, East Sussex County Council said when reporting the results of its town centre consultation.
It said points for consideration raised at the consultation are:
- The reopening of the Lewes to Uckfield line
- Other car parks to be considered at the same time for added effectiveness;
- Ensuring the car park is in place before changes are made to other car parks in the town centre;
- Traffic flow and increased congestion by attracting more people into the town centre;
- Additional vehicles into the town to use the station to park need to be managed; and
- All car parks should remain free to protect the visitors to the town and the vibrancy of trade.
The station car park plan received 240 positive responses (nine were negative and 44 neutral).
“Affordable” parking charges achieved 123 positive responses (20 were negative and 12 neutral).
Two to three hours free parking for residents with a permit had 97 positive responses,( 11 negative and 0 neutral).
Summarising all the responses the county council said: “However, respondents have concerns over what impact to traffic flow and personal cost this will have when the car park is operational.
“As 87 per cent of respondents are residents in Uckfield with concern of Network Rail’s charging rates thus preventing locals from using it, therefore, the other car parks need to be restrictive hours.
“Respondents have views on safety to pedestrians with the potential commuter traffic, impact to traffic flow at peak times by the additional commuter traffic to the high street. There was concern raised as to whether 139 spaces would be sufficient with the potential drivers using the car park from population generated by new housing developments and that commuters may park elsewhere adding to parking issues in the town and surrounding areas.”
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