PARKING on Church Hill in Midhurst looks set to put residents of the old town on a collision course with the town council.
Three weeks ago, town councillors announced they were pressing for parking restrictions to be reintroduced around Market Square.
They said they believed they had been removed in South Street and Red Lion Street as a temporary measure while major enhancement works were carried out in Market Square. But they were surprised to find they had not been reimposed and were concerned residents were laying claim to vital spaces on a long-term basis.
But angry residents claim the new arrangements were the subject of much discussion with ‘stakeholders’ including the town council and West Sussex County Council (WSCC) when it was agreed they were the ’optimal compromise’.
And this week a spokesman for WSCC said: “The town council was fully consulted on the changes in 2011. However if they have concerns, they can raise these in the usual way and we will look at them.”
But there does not appear to be any record of any agreed changes.
Town council finance and general purposes committee minutes for January 2011 record: “Members were aware various Traffic Regulation Areas for the Church Hill area were being discussed at the next County Local Committee.
“It had been assumed that these would include a TRO to regularize the restrictions for on street parking in the area (ie that the areas north of the war memorial and Red Lion Street have now restriction whilst other parking bays are time restricted).
“Mr. Etherington (chairman of the council) has now been advised, however, that the two TROs being progressed are: The Sense of Place proposals and width restriction in the old town area.”
The minutes record that members were concerned that the existing situation was confusing and agreed to raise the matter at the next Partnership meeting with the county council.