Parks parking should be free

ARE people aware that Hastings Borough Council’s draft budget proposes car parking charges in Hastings Country Park, including the Firehills at Fairlight?

Country Parks, according to Natural England, are meant to be free. A parking charge is just a back door way of charging for admission.

I urge Observer readers to object by writing to Hastings Borough Council, Budget Consultation, Policy and Performance, 2nd Floor Aquila House, Breeds Place, Hastings TN34 3UY before February 14, or by attending the Meet the Leader session at Hastings Town Hall this Saturday (February 5) from 10am to 12pm. Hastings Borough Council website also has a link.

It is lamentable that the council has not put up a single notice at the Firehills car park to warn about this or to tell users of their right to object.

Are readers also aware that Rother also wishes to introduce charges in its rural car parks, such as Rye Harbour?

Admission charges to Alexandra Park? It could be next.


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