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17/09/2014 – Car Parking Crisis

Our town centre is suffering because of high parking charges…….

The Burgess Hill Labour Councillors tabled a motion to Burgess Hill Town Council calling on Mid Sussex District Council to use part of the £5.3 million ‘New Homes Bonus’ for free parking in town centres.

Councils such as Vale of the White Horse District Council have used some of this money to enable free parking but your Burgess Hill Conservative Councillors decided not to support the motion saying that people who can afford a car can afford to park in town.

Meanwhile, town centre shops are closing due to lack of footfall because not enough people are visiting Burgess Hill, whilst workers and shoppers leave their cars in nearby residential streets to avoid car parking costs.

Labour Councillor Janet Smith, who represents Burgess Hill Town Council Meeds Ward, said. “Local residents and town centre traders have told us that a three hour free parking period would encourage more people to visit Burgess Hill and to spend time browsing in the stores without worrying about what time the car parking for which they have paid expires. Local residents want people to park in car parks not in local streets”.

Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Mid Sussex, Greg Mountain, said, “The Mary Portas Committee set up by the Government said that local areas should implement free controlled parking schemes that work for their town centres. Conservative councillors should work with Labour to bring this about locally”.

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