Midhurst parking crisis leads to call for permit plan

New proposal for residents permit parking on the grass verges
New proposal for residents permit parking on the grass verges
  • One resident says car parking is now such a nightmare he is looking to move from the town
  • Another resident has suggested residents parking on the new grass verges in Petersfield Road
  • Campaigning still goes on for tourist coach parking space in Midhurst
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PARKING in Midhurst has become such a nightmare that one resident is looking to move from the town.

People living in Petersfield Road have been struggling to find parking space for several years.

The parking space outside our house is the nearest free parking in Petersfield Road to the town centre, and we can rarely park there

Now they say with residents moving into new homes where there is a parking shortage, they are leaving their cars in surrounding residential streets making the situation even worse.

Mike Trueman said it affected his daily life so badly: “I am actively looking to move from Midhurst.” “The parking space outside our house is the nearest free parking in Petersfield Road to the town centre, and we can rarely park there.”

Describing the situation as a ’nightmare’ he said he had asked West Sussex County Council to support a ‘residents’ parking scheme’ five years ago.

“Given the impact of sub contractors parking outside the new development, and the loss of parking on the verge opposite our house, parking for long term residents is a nightmare.”

An alternative to residents parking, said Mr Trueman was to have a parking permit in the town car parks: “But this is a joke. When I tried to get one recently, I was told they would not allow any more applications.”

Now a resident in nearby Carron Lane has come up with a permit scheme on the new grass verges.

Michael Blackmore said: “It’s a totally unacceptable situation. Heads in planning authorities should roll, but they won’t.”

He is calling for the grass verges on the Petersfield Road to be converted to parking bays. He has asked Midhurst Town Council to support the scheme for parking permit space for residents of the nearby development. “This matter is not going to go away,” he said.

Meanwhile town councillor Steve Morley, campaigner for coach parking in Midhurst since spaces were removed at the new Grange development, is angry that yet another tourist season sees no new space provided: “How many tourist seasons have to go by before we finally get coach parking re-instated?” he asked.

“In the middle of summer, our car parks are only half full while coaches are passing by on their way to events like Goodwood and to enjoy our south coast beaches. This town is crying out for those coaches to stop here and let their passengers explore our town.”

He added: “We hold meetings, we talk, promises are made and then nothing happens. It’s the same every year.”

Newly elected in May, as one of Midhurst’s two representatives at Chichester District Council, Cllr Morley said he was one of only two representatives north of the Downs on CDC’s parking forum. “I am very pleased to be part of it as it gives me a chance to put the case for more and better parking here.”

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