Exhibitions about new parking zones to be held in May

CONSULTATION is about to start on extending a residents’ pay-to-park scheme across Bognor Regis and Felpham.

West Sussex County Council will ask householders in western Bognor and the Felpham Road area of Felpham if they want controlled parking zones set up in their streets.

A map of the proposals, a feedback form and a pre-paid envelope are being distributed to hundreds of homes in the areas concerned.

The expected cost of a permit to be able to park in the designated zones, if the scheme goes ahead, will be £40 a year for the first permit. Second permits will cost £80 if space enables them to be available.

Three exhibitions are being staged to enable people to meet highways officers.

These will take place from 
10am-4pm on May 10 at Felpham Village Memorial Hall on Vicarage Lane, Felpham, and on May 17 at St Wilfrid’s Church Hall on Ellasdale Road, Bognor.

The final display will be held from 3.30pm-7pm on May 20 in 

Bognor in the Regis Centre.

A county council spokesman said: “The proposal is for the residents’ parking scheme to operate in Felpham any day between 9am-5pm and in Bognor west on Monday to Saturday between 9am-5pm, except bank holidays.”

The only current controlled parking zone in the Bognor area covers 352 town centre spaces. It was introduced in April 1992 to counter all-day parking outside people’s homes by those working and visiting the town centre.

In August 2012, the county council carried out a residents’ survey about adding a further two zones in response to concerns from residents about parking pressures caused by others parking in their roads.

The majority of residents approved of further work to compile plans for Bognor west and Felpham. Those proposals are complete and are the 
subject of the consultation 
which ends on May 30. The Felpham zone broadly covers the area from Sea Lane to Kingsmead and Vicarage Lane to Beereweeke Road.

In Bognor west, the proposed zone will generally stretch from Marine Drive West northwards along Victoria Drive to Chichester Road and from Nyewood Lane to Longford Road.

The roads in the zones will have a mixture of parking rules.

“Permit holder only controls offer dedicated parking areas where only permit holders, residents and visitors, can park during the controlled hours,” said the council spokesman.

“We also propose some shared bays for both limited waiting and permit holders.

“These facilities will provide additional short to medium stay parking for visitors to the area. Residents who park in these bays using a permit will not be time-restricted.”

The schemes will only come into effect after further consultation and a decision by county councillors. This is likely at the end of this year.