On 10 Aug 2011 at 9:49am Calvin wrote:
Last night after about 7pm it was impossible to park within any reasonable distance of my house near the station. The on-street bays and public car parks clogged with BHAFC fans' cars. The restrictions all cease at 6pm.
There is no matchday parking at all at the new Falmer stadium, just park-and-rides. On the BHAFC website it says: "You may also wish to consider parking at one of many Sussex railway stations with sufficient parking and taking the train for the final part of your journey." Of course the station car park was overflowing, and even if it wasn't people would still choose to park for free in the surrounding streets rather than pay.
Having to ensure I've always managed to get home and park before the fans' cars arrive on a matchday will be one more annoyance, plus presumably this will happen whenever BHAFC have Sunday matches too.
Not sure what the answer is but something will have to be done.
On 10 Aug 2011 at 11:13am 'ere be monsters wrote:
The time it took to get back by train last night might have put a few off. Interested to know how much they spend in Lewes while they're here. Only one Sunday fixture and that's 6th November, moved by the police from the 5th.
On 10 Aug 2011 at 12:37pm The Super K wrote:
Yeah sorry! I parked on the road and trained off to watch the match! Another home win at the fortress Amstad! Got home within 35 mins of the final whistle, had to cue for a train but no more than I felt necessary!
On 10 Aug 2011 at 12:43pm Seagull eater wrote:
Dont worry calvin, their part time supporters will soon get bored. especially when they come across decent opposition.
On 10 Aug 2011 at 1:11pm The Super K wrote:
Hope so, might be able to get down there and watch a few more games!!!
Also a fair few Gillingham supporters on the trains last night too..... Away fans using Lewes as their parking lot..... How rude!!!
We are the west stand brighton boys
On 10 Aug 2011 at 2:52pm SussexBaggie wrote:
I pray that the Seagulls draw the REAL Albion in one of the cups.
Would be a real treat.
On 10 Aug 2011 at 8:21pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
That explains why, on the day of the pre-season friendly, cars were parked all over the place on the Falmer Road practically halfway to Woodingdean. And why my mate had to queue for 20 minutes to leave the A27 eastbound at the Falmer turning. Ridiculous not to include any parking imo.
This mate in question used to live near Selhurst Park, and if he went out on a Saturday, he couldn't come back until well after the match had finished or he couldn't park anywhere near his house. A neighbour had his front garden paved, and a dropped kerb put in, to avoid this. the first time he went out on a Saturday, he got back to find some cretinous Palace supporter had parked in front of his house and he couldn't get his car into the parking space he'd created at considerable expense!
On 10 Aug 2011 at 10:51pm seagull eater wrote:
When the tesco bags are at home dragging their knuckles to falmer, just make it permit holders only, simple!
On 11 Aug 2011 at 10:03am 'ere be monsters wrote:
Simple?? Get ESCC to change anything to do with parking!! What particular bunch of knuckle scrapers do you belong?
On 13 Aug 2011 at 8:28am teaboy wrote:
So, from what I can work out from the original post no parking regulations were broken and no cars were parked illegally. The easiest thing would be to introduce 'match-day parking' regulations.
I feel that you're more annoyed by the activity than the parking though...
On 13 Aug 2011 at 8:41am knuckle dragger wrote:
You didn't see their parking permits? Each car had one on display on the windscreen. Little round, partly coloured, had a expiry date on it. Some people call it a tax disc.
If Brighton are pouring money into a least one Lewes company, Harveys, so any plans to stop non-Lewes residents breathing your air is selfish and hypocritical, as no doubt many of you park where ever you like in other people's towns
Labelling 20000 people as knuckle draggers because are slightly different in their actions from you? WOW! you must have well loved!
On 13 Aug 2011 at 8:43am knuckle dragger wrote:
my apologies for a couple of words in the wrong place, i must have been too busy dragging my knuckles to proofread
On 13 Aug 2011 at 9:23am Tom Thumb wrote:
I think that if you have an off road parking space other drivers have an obligation not to block you in. However if the space is empty and someone parks across the entrance then that is tough luck as you have no legal right of access just because you have a parking space.
On 13 Aug 2011 at 9:38am Notters wrote:
@Annette, I think you'll find "cretinous" and "palace supporter" are one and the same thing.
On 13 Aug 2011 at 10:08am Nick wrote:
Excellent, I was unsure how the parking would be at Lewes station for home games. I'll be parking there for the next match now, sounds perfect for getting to the ground. Parking spaces are for all, not just residents who took this risk when choosing to live near a train station.
On 13 Aug 2011 at 8:51pm Peter Simmonds wrote:
If Lewes District Council and Falmer Parish Council hadn't cried so much at planning stage adequate car parking could probably have been introduced into the scheme.
On 14 Aug 2011 at 7:24pm Jposton wrote:
Calvin, it is quite wrong of you to say there is no match day parking at the Amex stadium. There are in fact 2004 on site or near-site parking spaces available for employees, able-bodied fans and disabled fans. If each car carried an average of three people (mine has four) then over six thousand people would be parking at the Amex.
Not quite none!
On 15 Aug 2011 at 12:55pm Andy wrote:
Can't see what the problem is here. All the extra money being spent in Lewes before the match. And also the amount of money being spent in the car parks. Just cannot see what the issue is. Its one game every fortnight, and maybe the odd Tuesday. It's not every day. When the economy is in such a poor straight I should think local businesses are happy at the extra business this must be generating. Business provides jobs which is the important thing.
On 15 Aug 2011 at 10:35pm Tim wrote:
The problem, sadly, is all down to LDC's anti-stadium feeling in the first place. They are the reason there's not enough parking at the Amex. Still, I'm sure that after a few games, it'll all settle down and everything will be ok. Withdean residents were pleased in the end with how the parking went for the 12 years we were there.
On 16 Aug 2011 at 6:53am Andy wrote:
The poor residents of Newhaven and Peacehaven have been stitched up with an Incinerator + The Sewage Treatment Works within 3 miles of each other, so these little parking issues I am reading about here are a non starter.
On 16 Aug 2011 at 10:33am Ed Can Do wrote:
Rumours are the Incinerator is collapsing under it's own weight or collapsing into the sea or something anyway so that might not be an issue for too long.
(I heard that in the pub so it must be true)
On 17 Aug 2011 at 7:55am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
How much money do these people really spend in Lewes before and after games? Surely, they don't hang around much beforehand and by the time they head home the shops will all be shutting. Which only leaves the pubs, and who really wants to spend a Saturday night in the same establishment as a load of football fans sticking one on?
@Andy. Don't speak too soon. When Crystal Palace decided to share their ground with Charlton, it was every Saturday and one night most weeks, sometimes two. Local residents were looking forward to Charlton getting their own ground back so they could get some respite, and then CPFC announced they would be sharing with Wimbledon for a few years. It was an absolute nightmare.
One year, both teams were involved in the play-offs and there seemed to be a match on every day bar Sundays for about a fortnight. There was absolutely nothing that could be done about the intensification of use, but it caused massive disruption.