Midhurst councillor left ‘aghast’ by car park remarks

A MIDHURST town councillor has hit out at ‘stupid’ comments made by former chairman of West Sussex County Council Mark Dunn, over car parking problems in the town.

At a meeting of the council on Monday Colin Hughes said he had been ‘aghast’ when he read Cllr Dunn’s comments. “He has no concept of a rural town whatsoever.”

Mr Dunn, a former chairman of the county council, who represents the Bourne division south of the Downs, made his controversial remarks at a meeting of the county council’s county local committee.

He said be believed a ‘park and ride’ scheme could be the answer to the growing parking nightmare adding that radical measures must be adopted to prevent the area being branded an “unattractive visitor centre.”

He said he believed shoppers and tourists should be bused into the centre of town declaring the days of parking outside shops were a ‘thing of the past’.

He further enraged town councillors by declaring if people wanted to park in the town centre they should be charged £1 for 20 minutes though ‘those people who really want it should pay through the nose for it’.

Mr Dunn said he believed the solution for both the town’s car parking and coach parking dilemma could be dealt with by the creation of park and ride sites by landowners using redundant land outside the town.

Mr Hughes told a full town council this week: “I feel he let us down hugely with these stupid comments.

“I can’t believe such a high ranking county councillor could say such things.”