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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lloyd welcomes Council’s proposals for flexible Loading Bays

July 8, 2014 4:03 PM

After a long campaign from Stephen Lloyd MP, East Sussex County Council have finally announced proposals to allow parking in loading zones within the town centre from 7pm through to the early morning.

Stephen has been lobbying the County Council for years now to allow private vehicles to park in loading bays after 7pm. Previously he had managed to secure a more flexible remit for the loading bays in Seaside Road, allowing restaurant customers to park there in the evenings. Following this success, he called for other bays in the town centre to enjoy the same availability.

In response to this pressure, the County Council launched a consultation back in March, which was seized upon by Stephen, the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and supported by restaurants and small businesses across the town centre. Subsequently, at the end of last week the County Council bowed to public pressure and announced proposals which will free up dozens more parking spaces across Eastbourne in the evening.

Stephen said: "I am absolutely delighted the County Council have finally taken on board what I and local traders have been campaigning so strongly on. The thorny issue of Loading Bays been used to catch out restaurant customers with a stinging parking fine when they park there for a few hours while enjoying a meal at one of the many excellent restaurants in Eastbourne. It always struck me as both unfair and bad for business not to allow customers to park in the empty bays when visiting local eateries in the evening. Parking is always tight in the town centre, yet we had dozens of empty loading bays sitting there, unused. It made no sense. And this demand is only set to expand following the upgrade of the town centre and the completion of the £80 million Arndale regeneration. Our town is buzzing and I'm delighted my campaign has got the right result!"

He added: "I will be writing to the Council to ensure these proposals do get realised soon, and I would welcome all constituents do the same. This can be done by emailing parking.consultations@eastsussex.gov.uk."