Silverhill parking consultation closes

Traffic update
Traffic update

A parking permit scheme in Silverhill could be introduced as early as spring 2016 if it is supported by residents.

An initial consultation by East Sussex County Council to gauge support for parking controls closed on Friday (August 7).

It follows requests from households in the area who complained about not being able to park outside their homes due to workers or businesses leaving their vehicles all day.

According to the consultation website the proposed scheme would introduce shared parking bays – available for permit holders without a time limit and allowing anyone else to park for up to two hours from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm.

Households would be able to apply for up to two annual permits, with the first expected to cost £35 and the second £56.

Permits for visitors and businesses could also be purchased under initial proposals.

If a number of respondents indicate they are in favour of changes a detailed plan will be drawn up for another round of informal consultation in November.

Then, if the scheme is still supported, a formal Traffic Regulation Order will be brought forward at the end of 2015 and any objections will go to ESCC’s planning committee, which will make a recommendation.

A spokesman for East Sussex County Council said: “We are consulting on proposals to introduce parking controls in the Silverhill area of Hastings following requests from local residents.

“This is the first stage of the process and will enable us to gauge the level of support for a permit scheme in the area.

“If there is enough support, a detailed plan will be drawn up and another informal consultation will take place in November.

“If it is recommended that the scheme be introduced, this would be expected to happen around spring, 2016.”

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