Car parks in Midhurst, Petworth and Selsey start charging

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Motorists will have to start forking out charges in car parks at Midhurst, Petworth and Selsey from tomorrow (Friday, April 1) - following the installation of new pay and display machines.

They must enter their registration number into a machine - even if they are just staying for the free period.

“This is so that parking officers can identify the time that they arrived,” said a Chichester District Council spokesman.

“Full instructions on how to get a ticket are shown on the front of each machine. The contact number for the parking team is also shown, in case further advice and guidance is required.”

The charges are:

Midhurst, North Street and Grange Road (including the ‘Post Office’ car park): two hours free, then 20p per hour. For example, for three hours visitors will pay 20p, four hours 40p, etc.

Petworth, Pound Street: an area allocated for up to one hour free parking, 20p for up to two hours, 60p for up to four hours and £1 for over four hours.

Selsey, East Street: two hours free, then 20p per hour. For example, for three hours visitors will pay 20p, four hours 40p, etc.

Selsey Marine and East Beach: to be introduced between April and October. The first hour will be free, then £1 for any stays over an hour.

East Wittering, Marine Drive: this is a privately operated car park. A section will be designated as a free business car park when construction has been completed.

East Wittering, Northern Crescent: charges will be implemented once the business car park has been constructed in Marine Drive. The charges will be two hours free, £1 for up to three hours, £2 for up to four hours, with a maximum stay of four hours.

The Sylvia Beaufoy car park in Petworth will continue to be free to park in.

“A season ticket will cost £10 per month for each of the rural towns,” said a Chichester District Council spokesman.

“The council is currently moving across from a manual system to an online system. This will allow residents and businesses to purchase season tickets online. Season tickets can be purchased on a rolling monthly basis, from one to 12 months. Until the online system is up and running, tickets can be purchased over the phone, by fax, by email, by letter or in person from the parking office. The parking office is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.”

Information was available at carparks@chichester.gov.uk or by calling 01243 534500. Parking services is currently located at the Parking Office, 3 Market Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1JW.