An objection to pedestrian improvements to Hastings’ high street has been overridden by county councillors.
East Sussex County Council has been carrying out improvements to the Old Town area and changes to the western side of the High Street involve creating a new 39 metre section of pavement between the junctions of George Street and Swan Terrace.
Because of these modifications, six metres of pay-and-display on-street parking will be removed and replaced with double yellow lines.
One objection was received arguing that there was no problem with the existing layout and the proposals would create problems for people wanting to use the shops or businesses needing to load and unload.
But East Sussex County Council’s Planning Committee decided not to uphold the objection at a meeting on Wednesday December 16 and authorised officers to advertise the new parking restrictions.
Cllr Tania Charman said: “The Old Town was not built for modern use so amendments are needed. I believe pedestrianisation is an important issue that has been long-standing in the Old Town.”
She added: “The loss of one parking space seems a small price to pay for improving pedestrian safety.”
Cllr Godfrey Daniel, chair of the committee, said he was ‘amazed’ they had received only one objection as ‘Old Town residents do like to object to things given half a chance’.
Cllr Kathryn Field, as a sometime user of the high street, felt the current layout made it very hard to walk up the street with families. She agreed that it was a small price to pay for ‘what appears to be a huge improvement in this part of Hastings’.
The officers’ report set out how the scheme has been designed to improve conditions for pedestrians and enhance the economic vitality of the High Street.
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