Price rise proposed for parking site on seafront

PROPOSED price rises at a Bognor Regis car park will drive motorists to park on the streets, a councillor has warned.

Cllr Jim Brooks (I, Marine) said the intention to put up charges in the seafront Gloucester Road site would lead to drivers deserting it.

Arun District Council wants to raise the costs of using its 93 spaces from the start of next month.

It is consulting on its plan to make the fees £1.50 for stays of up to an hour, £3 for up to two hours and £6 for longer visits.

The current charges are £2 for an hour, £4 for up to four hours and £7 for longer.

Cllr Brooks said the proposed price would make the site much dearer than the nearby spaces on The Esplanade run by West Sussex County Council.

“The on-street spaces cost 80p an hour for the first hour, which is almost half as much as the car park. For two hours, it’s £1.60 against £3.

“You have to get to seven-and-a-half hours on-street before it’s cheaper to use Gloucester Road. We will just be driving people to fill the coffers of the county council and not ours,” he said.

But Calvin Bayliss, Arun’s car parks manager, said: “Gloucester Road is well used when the weather is nice and sunny because people still see it as the first car park they come to when they are driving down to the seafront.

“The issue with Gloucester Road during the summer is that there’s just not enough capacity there in the day.”