Maria Caufield MP has welcomed action by East Sussex County Council to tackle problems with parking in Newhaven town centre.
Conservative run East Sussex County Council are to introduce a new Traffic Regulation Order which would allow Civil Enforcement Officers to give tickets to vehicles parked on the pavement or on the main carriageway.
The proposal follows requests for changes to Newhaven High Street in order to enable ESCC to keep the pavement clear of parked vehicles. Pavement parking has been a long term issue in Newhaven High Street and is both a nuisance and safety issue. Maria Caulfield MP has regularly raised the issue with both Sussex Police and ESCC. Many residents who use wheelchairs have complained that the issue of pavement parking prevents them from being able to access the High Street. Many others have complained about regularly having to walk in the road.
A new loading bay and disabled bays are also being proposed in this area to facilitate loading provisions and parking for blue badge holders.
Maria Caulfield MP said “Residents in Newhaven have for too long had to deal with pavement parking on the Highstreet and I am glad that after years of calling on them to take action that East Sussex County Council have listened to myself and residents and will be introduction a TRO to ensure that those parking on the pavement can be given tickets. If we want our Highstreet to thrive, everyone needs to be able to access it. Loading bays and disabled bays are to also be provided to help retailers and disabled residents have easier access.”