Public support for more parking restrictions in historic High Street

A proposal to change parking in Crawley High Street is supported by the majority of residents and businesses whose views will be used to help shape the final proposal.

Crawley Borough Council held a public consultation to gather opinions on its proposal to create a Restricted Parking Zone for the High Street from the entrance of Pegler Way to just north of its junction at Cross Keys. Of the 117 who responded, 77 people (66 per cent) were in favour of the proposed changes.

Existing parking bays – including those for disabled drivers – will remain unchanged and the bay opposite numbers 49-53 High Street will continue to be available for delivery vehicles between 6am and 10pm and be a taxi rank from 10pm to 6am each day.

Cllr Ken Trussell, cabinet member for Environment, said: “Thank you to everyone who responded to the consultation, your views were essential for us to ensure we were able to consider any concerns and issues before the proposal was submitted.

“The proposal aims to make the High Street an even better place to work, visit and shop, so safety and the future of businesses are very important which is reflected in the final proposal.”

Anonymous comments from businesses and visitors included in the council’s full report highlight concerns of safety, inconsiderate parking and damage to market stalls.

One visitor from West Green said: “Cars even drive in and park while market stalls are being erected. I’ve seen a small girl nearly get run over by a car in the pedestrianised area.

“Parking there is unsafe and makes one of the best bits of the town centre look unsightly.”

A visitor from Three Bridges said: “People park right outside bars & restaurants with no regard for pedestrians or customers.”

A Northgate visitor said: “Some cars actually park on the pavement [and] this does not allow for people in wheelchairs to get by.”

The responses are now being used to finalise a formal proposal with West Sussex County Council. The county council will then offer the public a chance to raise formal objections.

If there are no significant objections, the changes are expected to take place by the end of April 2014.

To view the report in full go to www.crawley.co.uk/parking