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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Huge response to Lib Dem parking petition

May 8, 2008 2:57 AM

SL with parking petitionsMore than 1,000 residents have responded to the Lib Dems call to stop the parking charges.

Over the last few weeks local residents have signed the Lib Dem 'postcard petition' in their droves, as a response against the County Council's latest consultation over their plan to bring in a 'pay to park' scheme in the town centre.

Stephen Lloyd, Liberal Democrat parliamentary campaigner said: "It's clear that the vast majority of people in Eastbourne still support our battle against the County Council. I've already received over a thousand responses saying a very clear No to Pay to Park, with more petitions coming in each day."

Stephen added: "East Sussex County Council is still trying to railroad their expensive and unwanted scheme on to the people of Eastbourne. They are now wasting more taxpayers' money by undertaking yet another consultation. We will pass all our petitions to the County Council, but I would urge all those people who wrote to me to also send their objections to the County Council, Ref D3-MV, FREEPOST, LW43, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1BR. Even at this late stage I still hold out hope that County Hall will see sense.

"The longer they persist the harder it is becoming for local residents and businesses in Eastbourne. Why is it that PCSOs are able to ticket illegally parked cars in Bexhill and in Rother but not in Eastbourne?

"I hold up my hand to the fact that, like most people in Eastbourne, on occasions I've parked illegally but I would be more than happy to support PCSOs doing a regular blitz on illegal parking and would welcome an opportunity to pay a fine. I just wish they'd get on with it, which is what I'm sure the majority of local residents want.

"We do not the Pay to Park scheme imposed on Eastbourne. It's already cost local people £1million and if it does go ahead, will cost us all at least £2million per year. If the consequences of what has happened to independent traders in Lewes and Rother is anything to go by, once a scheme like this is introduced business drops off sharply, the zones spread and year on year the charges go up."