PROPOSALS for a Shoreham controlled parking zone (CPZ) are to be put on ice.
But solutions to traffic issues in the town centre are still being looked into.
Agreement has proved difficult and the problems, including difficulty parking and gridlocked roads, are now being looked into by West Sussex County Council as part of the Shoreham Town Centre Study.
Miles Davy, CPZ lead professional on West Sussex County Council’s parking strategy team, told Adur County Local Committee (CLC) on Thursday the parking consultation should be put on ice.
He explained it had begun in July 2011 with letters sent to residents and businesses asking about general difficulties with parking.
That consultation covered a large chunk of the town centre, incorporating Shoreham Beach, and overall, 77 per cent of responders had problems.
Mr Davy said: “Based on this information, work started on a residents parking scheme.”
Households in targeted roads were again consulted in September 2012 and a public exhibition on the proposals was ‘particularly well attended’.
Mr Davy said there had been a good response, with 30 per cent in favour, given particular design changes, and half raising objections.
“Results showed clearly parking in Shoreham was a contentious issue at the time,” added Mr Davy.
Traders were also consulted and a meeting with councillors took place last month.
Mr Davy said: “It was a really useful, well-attended meeting. The general position from that meeting was for any potential proposal for a residents parking scheme should be put on ice.”
A lot of issues had been discussed and a number still needed to be resolved.
Cllr Debbie Kennard said: “It was very useful having the meeting with traders and a lot of good things came out of it that we can take forward.”
Members had shown a lot of support for the Shoreham Town Centre Strategy, Mr Davy continued.
“This is an emerging strategy,” he added. “My recommendation is that all these issues that we have discussed and the investigations are put into the town centre study.”
A full report on the strategy, including some parking elements, will be made to Adur CLC’s next meeting, on Thursday, November 21, at Southwick Community Centre, at 7pm.
Ben Stride, from Shoreham Beach Residents Association, said they had put in quite an extensive response to the consultation on parking restrictions for Shoreham Beach.
“We would still like schemes such as road safety on the Beach taken forward,” he added.
He was told these would feed into the town centre strategy, which does take in Shoreham Beach.
Keith Dollemore, Adur district councillor, said: “I am actually quite surprised with the recommendations. All the feedback that I got from residents in the town centre is that ‘I can’t park outside my house during the day and that is what I want to do’.
“They can’t even stop and unload their shopping. I would really like to see something progress on that.”
Mr Davy told him all the issues have proved to be ‘very contentious’ and one of the concerns was introducing residents parking in some roads would just push the problem out elsewhere.