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We are moving to Lewes / parking / roads

On 13 Nov 2019 at 11:08am bryl999 wrote:
Hello everyone,
We're moving to Lewes from London (originally from W.Sussex so we know Lewes well) but have a few questions about day to day life.
One of our burning questions is about Parking: the house we are thinking of buying is in Zone B. I have read elsewhere that it's one of the worst zones for finding a space. Is that true? Can we park in Car Parks with the B permit or is it matter of driving around and around until you find one inside this very small zone?
Also, anyone know how busy Offam Road / White Hill / Mount Pleasant gets with traffic? Is it very polluted, we know the bus routes go there?
PS: Please, friendly answers only .. No political / bitching / aggro. Thanks!
On 13 Nov 2019 at 11:52am Bert wrote:
If you've got a car, you really need off road parking !
On 13 Nov 2019 at 1:32pm Ed Can Do wrote:
There are no parking spaces ever available in Zone B, it's a terrible part of Lewes to own a car in. Car parks aren't covered by street parking permits but if you're arriving home after five and leaving before nine like most people with a job you can park for free in all teh car parks in town, although good luck finding a space because everyone else does that already. Also you have to find somewhere to leave your car on a Saturday.
That section of the Offham Road up White Hill and into the one way system is one of the busiest roads in Lewes. There's a constant queue of cars at rush hour times and outside of that, people drive up there pretty quickly. Not too many lorries luckily, it's mainly cars but enough lorries that your house will shake fairly often if you live on teh road itself. Not sure where you got the idea there's a bus route there, there's a couple of buses a day that go that way.
Sun Street, Lancaster Street and Abinger Placem are used as a rat run by basically everyone in town heading towards Landport or out of town towards Chailey so what might look like a quiet, residential street is actually very busy with traffic. By contrast, Talbot Terrace and St John's Hill are very quiet as they don't go anywhere particularly useful although you do have trains less than a hundred yards from your house and there's a chance Talbot Terrace will end up under water again at some point.
Best bet is to come to Lewes at rush hour on a weekday and on a satuday afternoon and see it for yourself!
On 13 Nov 2019 at 3:36pm bryl999 wrote:
Thank you, Ed Can Do, that was very insightful. We are attending another viewing during evening rush hour tomorrow to suss out the situ, and our first viewing was on a busy saturday afternoon in heavy rain which was quite noisy (though not inside the house.)
We actually don't use our car very regularly, more just for weekend day trips out of town to visit friends/family - so most of the time it'll sit parked whilst we walk to train station during week and walk to shops etc. It's just a matter of WHERE we would park it, if the situation is as dire as you make it to be. We are feeling very nervous about it as although we live in London, we have a quiet road and off-street parking. We know we won't get either of those things in Lewes so it's all about compromise I suppose as Lewes is overall far nicer than London!
Any other knowledgeable opinions are greatly appreciated.
Many thanks
On 13 Nov 2019 at 6:14pm Horseman7 wrote:
If you're only going to use your car at the weekends you could consider getting rid of it and joining the car club instead.
On 13 Nov 2019 at 7:17pm bryl999 wrote:
Thanks Horseman7, but because we have a very large fluffy dog who gets super muddy we're not normally welcome for car clubs and most people don't want that kind of mess in their boot/back seat.... I also don't know if car club would include trips out of town to visit our family in random locations etc?! We will walk everywhere within the town itself. Thanks anyway
On 13 Nov 2019 at 9:55pm Blatant Liar wrote:
Ed has covered the parking horrors of zone B comprehensively
More permits sold than spaces available
To reintegrate, there is never, ever a free space available. Not even during the day week days.
You’ll end up parking in Wallands and walking in. Though Wallands is a different zone so you’ll be paying twice
On 13 Nov 2019 at 10:04pm That Bloke wrote:
Pay no attention to these Jonahs, Lewes is a paradise for parking and you will most likely park outside your house any hour of the day or night.
They are only saying these things to discourage DFLs.
On 14 Nov 2019 at 8:41am Ed Can Do wrote:
There's plenty of residential streets with off-street parking in Lewes, just not in that bit. Nevill is your best bet, although there are a handful suitable places in Malling and Landport too and if it's a big house you're selling in London, go for Houndean.
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