Permit proposals set to be scrapped

PARKING permit schemes proposed for Felpham and Bognor Regis are set to 
be scrapped.

County councillors have unanimously voted to reject the idea for roads in the area.

The decision from the highways and transport sub-group of the joint western Arun area committee will be given to the committee’s meeting next month as a recommendation.

The final decision will be made by the committee on September 17.

Public consultation for West Sussex County Council in May showed 62.7 per cent of Felpham residents who responded were opposed to the on-street parking zones being created.

Graham Jones (UKIP), the area’s county councillor, welcomed the fact the permit proposals were as good as finished.

He said: “I was not comfortable with plans to introduce a controlled parking zone in Felpham.

“It was a scheme that was considered by the previous administration of the committee and, in my opinion, it should never have gone further.”

The zone was set to have been introduced from Upper Bognor Road to Bereweeke Road and from Sea Road to Vicarage Lane, from 
9am-5pm daily. But Cllr Jones said the idea had provoked a lot of protests.

“As a motorist, I can understand the anger. We have to pay enough in various taxes to drive and park on the roads without adding to the misery which, at the end of the day, does not guarantee a parking space for those who have a permit to park outside their own house,” he said.

In west Bognor, the county council wanted to increase the current town-centre controlled parking zone covered by permits westwards.

This would have taken in a large stretch of Aldwick Road and roads up to Nyewood Lane and the A259 Chichester Road. But the highways and transport sub-group ruled out the idea.

County councillor Francis Oppler (LD, Bognor Regis East) said he was delighted with the sub-group’s rejection after 63.1 per cent of residents were against it in the consultation.

“I have consistently opposed the proposals for extending the controlled parking zone scheme. It is unfair on residents and very bad for local business,” he said. Cllr Oppler jointly held a public meeting in June about the issue. More than 200 people turned up. Only two backed in the scheme in a straw poll there.

The Bognor permits would have been in use from 9am-5pm, Mondays to Saturdays, excluding bank holidays.

Both areas would have seen parking bays created for permit-holders and others for visitors. Some shared bays would have catered 
for limited waiting and permit holders.

Permits were expected to have cost £40 for one and £80 for a second, if space was available.