Residents and workers quizzed on parking

PEOPLE living and working in Shoreham are being consulted on parking in the town.

The consultation is being carried out by West Sussex County Council, working with Adur District Council.

They are sending out 5,200 questionnaires to homes and businesses in the town centre and Shoreham Beach.

They will ask residents if they are experiencing any particular parking problems and whether they would like to see some initial proposals for a Residents’ Parking Scheme drawn up for further consultation.

The parking scheme would comprise of an area of streets where parking is controlled throughout the day. Residents, local businesses and their visitors are given priority to park by purchasing permits or vouchers.

This prevents obstructions to private driveways by removing indiscriminate parking, improve road safety and reduce congestion.

Pieter Montyn, County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We are very keen to stress that this is only a consultation. As yet there are no proposals to speak of, and no final decisions have been taken.

“If there is support for taking forward proposals, a more detailed public consultation and exhibition will be held later in the year.

“Then if any changes were to go ahead, it is likely these would be introduced around the end of 2012.”

Keith Dollemore, Adur District Council Cabinet Member for Clean and Green Environment, said: “It is important that as many people as possible respond to this consultation and make views known at this early stage.

“Don’t leave it to someone else nor assume something will or will not be done.

“Any results will be based purely on the majority opinion made on the responses received.”

The closing date for the County Council to receive comments is August 5.