A little good news on Tory car parking charges proposals as Bramber, Upper Beeding and Cowfold car parks are excluded

by derekdeedman on 2 December, 2016

Many local people will know that Horsham District Council Tories want to impose car parking charges on our local car parks in the rural areas of Horsham District from 1 April 2017.

Chanctonbury Liberal Democrats have always campaigned against the introduction of car parking charges as this would have a disastrous impact on the shops in our High Streets and cause traffic chaos as car drivers try to park on-street to avoid paying parking charges in the car parks.

In Steyning parking on the High Street is already bad with illegal parking on yellow lines which are poorly enforced by the District Council. If parking charges were introduced in the local car parks this would become even worse and spread to surrounding residential roads.

Fortunately the Tory controlled County Council Chanctonbury County Local Committee has given a little bit of support to local people by refusing to allow the District Council to introduce parking charges in the car parks in Bramber, Upper Beeding and Cowfold. The District Council has to gain County Council approval to introduce car parking charges for the first time, and at the Chanctonbury County Local Committee on 23 November, whilst they ignored local objections to introduce charges in most of the District car parks, they refused to include the car parks in Bramber, Upper Beeding and Cowfold.

“Resolved – that the Chanctonbury County Local Committee agrees to instruct the Director of Law Assurance & Strategy to give formal consent to Horsham District Council allowing them to introduce the charges in paragraph 3.1 in the 9 rural carparks in paragraph 1.6 and as detailed in the Appendices to this Report, subject to the exclusion of the car parks in Bramber, Upper Beeding and Cowfold. Consent is given on the proviso that the Horsham District Cabinet approves the introduction of parking charges at their Cabinet Meeting on 24 November 2016.” (Which they did.)

There will now be a period of public consultation on the final District Council car parking charges proposals, and local Liberal Democrats will support those who want to have these proposals scrapped.

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