Majority satisfied with Horsham town’s parking zones

Controlled Parking Zones.
Controlled Parking Zones.

The majority of households who responded to consultation on controlled parking zone (CPZ) arrangements in Horsham are ‘satisfied’.

West Sussex County Council sent letters to the 5,044 properties in October 2012 within the six CPZs asking them whether they were satisfied with the current arrangements, whether they would like to see changes, and if they would support the introduction of restrictions on Sundays.

Of the 1,450 respondents 62 per cent said they were satisfied with the current hours of operation, 48 per cent said they did not want the scheme to include Sundays, and 64 per cent did not want any alternative parking arrangements set up in their street.

Giving an update to WSCC’s North Horsham County Local Committee, CPZ lead professional Miles Davy said consultants had finished a report on the responses and he would be discussing its findings with individual members before publishing.

In a letter to the chairman of the committee , Pieter Montyn (Con, The Witterings) responded to criticism from councillors that the CPZ review had experienced significant delays.

He said that he could not guarantee Horsham would be prioritised over other work, but it was being treated as a high priority.

The county council also sent 4,000 letters to households in a study area outside the CPZ receiving 1,482 replies.

Of those, 40 per cent said they experienced parking problems on their street, with 55 stating otherwise.

Mr Davy mentioned Heron Way, Elm Grove, Potters Croft, and The Hornets, as streets where most of the respondents had expressed parking grievances.

The majority of respondents in 36 roads had expressed an interest in setting up a scheme to sort out current parking problems. Two general areas that stuck out in particular were Merryfield Drive and Orchard Road.

Mr Davy said: “We will not proceed with any design work until we have communicated with you.”

However, Nigel Dennis (LDem, Horsham Hurst) questioned whether the responses would now be out of date, as Horsham District Council introducing evening charges for some of its car parks in March, which he said may have shifted more parking on to residential roads.

Running parallel to these schemes is a review looking at parking around Littlehaven Railway Station.

Maps displayed at the meeting proposed waiting restrictions between 10am-11am on weekdays at various spots.

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