On 11 May 2009 at 4:40pm Johnny wrote:
I took note of the petition opposed to the Lewes parking scheme on this website and sent East Sussex Highways an email. They promptly replied with some drivel about it having to be discussed by members of the county council...
"Dear Sir / Madam,
Thank you for your e-mail.
The parking regulations on the streets in Lewes are determined by the County Council whilst those in car parks (other than at County Hall) are determined by Lewes District Council. You would need, therefore, to lobby both authorities if you wished to achieve the abolition of the scheme. People sometimes do this by means of a petition presented to the Council through their local Councillor.
Abolition of the parking scheme would be a long process, there would need to be consultation with all interested parties. If it were decided in principle to go ahead with abolishing the scheme, any objections would be considered by the relevant committee of each Council before deciding whether to confirm the Orders cancelling the scheme.
East Sussex County Council
Transport & Environment"
Why doesn't Trevor, Rodney and Mavis et al pull their finger out and discuss it then?
Is there anyone that is really in favour of this that lives in Lewes?
Do you like paying to park outside your own home?
It puzzles me that people haven't kicked up more of a stink... :|
On 11 May 2009 at 9:00pm Pondlife wrote:
I'm in support of it. I love it.
On 11 May 2009 at 9:08pm Kamikaze wrote:
Er..yes the majority ARE in favour of it. Its the minority of people that think the law doesn't apply to them and have nothing better to do then whine about it (e.g. you) that don't like it.
On 11 May 2009 at 10:11pm Dave wrote:
I'm in favour of it, couldn't find a space to park before. Spaces stuffed full of commuters or workers all day long. Couldn't park to give my old mum a lift to the doctors, couldn't find anywhere for visitors to park etc etc. That there are things which could/should be done to make it simpler is the discussion to have.
On 11 May 2009 at 10:21pm Hedwig wrote:
Agreed, no scheme is 100% perfect. I'm totally in favour of it too. Having lived in London amongst other places in the last few years I can tell you that people in Lewes have it easy when it comes to parking, believe you me. (10 minute grace period on expired pay and display tickets is a breeze - most other places its 5 or in London 2 minutes.)
On 11 May 2009 at 10:36pm paul wrote:
its outrageous that we have lost the car park by the ambulance park, we need more parking not less, the council should compulsory purchase the ncp one behind waitrose, its far too expensive
On 12 May 2009 at 8:18am Mystic Mog wrote:
I think that some of you are confusing 2 things. 'A' parking scheme and this one. We had a parking scheme before which would have been adequate IF we had enough traffic wardens and they did their job properly. However the Police ran this down. This current scheme is what many people object to NOT a scheme per se. There needs to be parking control, but a scheme that suits the town not the other way round.
Other towns do it better without the need to have this expensive complicated and efficious scheme.
On 12 May 2009 at 8:53am Johnny wrote:
Looks like I'm in a minority then. But then I never did like taking it from behind... I'll just have to buy the longest car I can find to make the most use of the parking tax I have to pay.
On 12 May 2009 at 9:22am Mystic Mog wrote:
On 12 May 2009 at 12:42pm Janet Parks wrote:
Johnny you are quite right. I read your last post and nearly wet myself.
Still, you are not alone. There are still some free thinkers around. Lewes is full of Neanderthals and most are too stupid to see that they are being fleeced. Thankfully we have a driveway to park our cars. I pity people like you that have to pay to park outside your own home. Good luck with the cause though. However I think sending an email to the highways agency is a bit like asking a fox to review the chickens, isn't it? Sadly I do feel that the petition on this website will achieve nothing.
On 12 May 2009 at 1:16pm Taff wrote:
Johnny I am with you though complete removal of the scheme would bring back inconsiderate parking in some areas that could interfere with service vehicle response.
From their reply you have included, clearly had there been some consultation to begin with then just maybe the scheme would not be as it is now. Also whoever wrote the reply, i assume you copied it word for word to include 'if it were abolished..........' singular and plural in the one sentence. Perhaps that is the real reason the so called council officers, of whichever council get manipulated.
On 12 May 2009 at 1:51pm Motoring on the cheap wrote:
County Hall car park is £1 for 10 hours (the neighbouring streets are several times more expensive). Why is that?
On 12 May 2009 at 2:20pm Ed Can Do wrote:
When I lived in Bradford Road I thought the scheme was a great idea as for the first time it was actually possible to park outside my house during the hours County Hall was open.
Now I live in Malling I still think it's a great idea as our road isn't included (And nor does it need to be).
Should I ever need to drive into town there are always spaces available within an easy walk of wherever we're going and the parking is incredibly cheap anyway.
I agree that the resident permits are over-priced and I believe the scheme is run in a heavy handed fashion but to abolish the scheme completely would be stupid. It's so much easier to drive around town now without cars abandoned willy nilly everywhere and it's much easier to drive to people's houses and park outside if they've got visitor tickets going spare.
What would make sense to me would be to get rid of NCP and have the scheme operated by a local and more sympathetic company, more focused on providing a service than simply making money.
I think Johnny, that if a couple of quid a week to park is breaking the bank then a larger car is the last thing you need.
On 12 May 2009 at 4:48pm PONDLIFE wrote:
Johnny I happen to be gay and find that comment rather offensive. I thought Lewes was such an open Gay friendly place. Maybe I should move back to Brighton?
On 12 May 2009 at 5:18pm council bod wrote:
if you got rid of ncp the scheme would be just the same as the rules are set by escc so the new contractor will do the same as ncp because they have to and you will have the same wardens as well and you will still have me repairing the machines .getting closer to my holls need some more overtime champagne is not cheap you know
On 12 May 2009 at 5:38pm Rachel wrote:
Hear Hear Council Bod
On 12 May 2009 at 7:07pm Rambler wrote:
Motoring on the cheap county hall is that price as it is a private car park that belongs to county hall.
Ed Can Do NCP don't decide the rules the council do. So getting rid of them doesn't solve anything.
On 12 May 2009 at 7:10pm Flounder wrote:
Janet Parks...so by your logic everyone who happens to agree with a parking scheme is "stupid?" And you of course are a "free thinker." Get over yourself.
On 12 May 2009 at 9:46pm Uncle bob wrote:
The Tories have just cut the Hastings parking scheme by up to 80%. No coincidence that Matthew Lock - the man who is reponsible for the Lewes scheme - is also a Hastings borough councillor and the Tories are looking to pick up the 5 county seats currently held by Labour there. Not much chance of them reforming the Lewes scheme then....
On 13 May 2009 at 8:54am scrooge wrote:
lewes is a better place than hastings thats why we pay more
On 13 May 2009 at 9:01am ex parking attendant wrote:
hello uncle bob i think i know you
On 13 May 2009 at 9:08am Rachel wrote:
Parking scheme is wonderful keeps all the prats in order :|