Call for blan­ket county-wide ban on pave­ment and verge park­ing

West Sussex County Times - - News - Karen Dunn

West Sus­sex coun­cil­lors have asked of­fi­cers to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of a county-wide ban on peo­ple park­ing cars on verges and pave­ments.

The is­sue was raised dur­ing a scru­tiny com­mit­tee meet­ing where mem­bers dis­cussed the county coun­cil’s In­te­grated Park­ing Strat­egy 2020-25.

The strat­egy, which has not been re­newed since 2014, lays out the coun­cil’s ap­proach as high­ways au­thor­ity to is­sues such as on and off­street park­ing con­trols and reg­u­la­tions.

Dur­ing a dis­cus­sion about poorly parked cars ob­struct­ing foot­paths and the like, the cost and ef­fi­ciency of Traf­fic Reg­u­la­tion Or­ders (TROs) was men­tioned.

Such or­ders can be put in place to stop peo­ple park­ing off-road in cer­tain ar­eas – but only a cer­tain amount of money is avail­able, mean­ing just a frac­tion of the hun­dreds of re­quests for or­ders re­ceived each year go ahead.

Roger Wor­thing

Oak­ley (Con, East) sug­gested flip­ping the sys­tem on its head with a county-wide pro­hi­bi­tion on foot­way and verge ob­struc­tions.

He said: “It’s been a long­stand­ing prac­tice in much leg­is­la­tion. You can ban a par­tic­u­lar sub­ject across a large area and then give au­thor­ity for ex­cep­tions to be in­cluded. A much eas­ier way.

“Can you imag­ine the cost of try­ing to do umpteen local TROs?

“It will be much cheaper if we just have one coun­ty­wide ban and then a num­ber of ex­emp­tions in those ar­eas where it couldn’t pos­si­bly work.”

Park­ing man­ager Miles Davy said a ‘great deal of work’ on the fea­si­bil­ity of just this idea had been car­ried out by other au­thor­i­ties and the progress was not promis­ing.

Mr Davy also spoke of his ‘dis­ap­point­ment’ with Sus­sex Po­lice about the con­stant bat­ting back and forth over whether park­ing on verges and ob­struct­ing foot­paths was il­le­gal – and who was re­spon­si­ble for en­force­ment.

He de­scribed how po­lice con­tin­u­ously re­fer cases of ob­struc­tion back to the county coun­cil, when it was ‘quite clear’ the au­thor­ity is not re­spon­si­ble.

He added: “I fully ap­pre­ci­ate that their pri­or­i­ties are else­where but un­der the let­ter of the law they are still re­spon­si­ble for that par­tic­u­lar act of ob­struc­tion.”

Pave­ment park­ing can be a con­stant prob­lem in some ar­eas

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