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Parking permits plan ‘is more than a fiasco’

Arun District Council's Miles Davy and Alpha Parking's Luke Harding at the Felpham village consultation PPP-141105-184329006

Arun District Council's Miles Davy and Alpha Parking's Luke Harding at the Felpham village consultation PPP-141105-184329006

RENEWED criticism has been made of the proposed parking permit schemes around Bognor Regis.

Councillors used the latest joint western Arun area committee to condemn the proposals for Felpham and west Bognor.

Cllr Paul English (Felpham) said: “To call this a fiasco is a massive understatement. Staff and businesses have not been consulted and the manager of our leading hotel knew nothing about it.

“It has been an unmitigated disaster. So many residents have been upset. This situation is like using a sledgehammer to crack a very small nut.

“Talking to residents and trying to resolve some very small issues is the way forward.”

Cllr Francis Oppler (Orchard) said: “I’ve had more correspondence and phone calls on this issue than any other single issue in the past three or four years. It has been overwhelming. I know this has been the case with other county councillors as well.

“The process has been flawed from the beginning. It should never have got to this point.”

He later said he had received 30 emails on the matter and seven or eight phone calls. He described it as a ‘huge number’ on one subject.

Graham Jones, who was elected as Felpham’s county councillor in May 2014, said he had tried to trace the roots of the plan to 2011. “It’s very difficult following how we got to this stage. There is a lot of dissatisfaction within Felpham about this scheme going ahead.”

Cllr Adam Cunard (Bersted) said he was concerned to hear the scheme could go forward based on public apathy.

“I was told that there has to be over a certain percentage response to the scheme or it will be taken as a default and go to the next stage,” he said.

Greg Merrett, West Sussex County Council’s principal community officer, said the current details were plans.

“They are design proposals. They will go back to county councillors before they can proceed.”

Parking permits are likely to be £40 for one and £80 for the second. Zones are planned around Snook’s Corner in Felpham and west of Bognor town centre.

 

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