Parking charges bid is strongly opposed

A disc system operates in High Street, one of the town's three car parks
A disc system operates in High Street, one of the town's three car parks
  • District council suggests charging for long-term parking spaces
  • Steyning councillors against charges
  • Fears of impact on businesses, workers and residents

PARISH councillors are opposing a renewed bid to introduce charges in Steyning car parks.

Horsham District Council has suggested introducing charges for long-term parking spaces in the town.

A meeting was held with Steyning Parish Council to discuss the idea, which also affects other parishes in the district.

The parish council said it was against the idea and was told a survey would be carried out across the district.

Mariella Alexander, chairman of the parish council’s highways and lighting committee, gave an update at the annual parish meeting on Monday.

“Parish councillors have had a meeting with Horsham District Council, who wished to discuss the implementation of car parking charges for long-term parking spaces in the town,” she explained.

Other parish councils are in a similar position, and it is hoped that we can work together when discussions resume with Horsham

Mariella Alexander, chairman of the parish council’s highways and lighting committee

“Councillors felt that the introduction of a charge would have an impact upon workers, businesses and nearby residential streets.

“Councillors were concerned that Newmans Gardens car park, which has the long-term spaces for Steyning businesses, provides for the medical centre and other services, and they would not welcome any forms of charging.

“Other parish councils are in a similar position, and it is hoped that we can work together when discussions resume with Horsham.”

Henfield Parish Council is in a similar situation to Steyning and has undertaken its own survey. This established that 40 per cent of the village’s long-stay provision was taken up by those working in High Street shops, on low wages.

It was felt the introduction of a charge there would have an impact on workers, businesses and nearby residential streets, similar to the feeling in Steyning.

Henfield councillors offered to work with Steyning to express joint concern to Horsham.

Steyning has three car parks and all parking is currently free.

In the High Street car park, people are limited to a maximum stay of two hours using a blue disc system, but in the other two, in Fletcher’s Croft and Newmans Gardens, longer stays are allowed.