Complicated parking regulations cause concern

MIDHURST town councillors have raised concerns about what they fear are a baffling number of parking regulations proposed for a short stretch of road in the centre of the town.

They were looking at a set of proposals which are being put forward by traffic experts Halcrow, acting as consultants for West Sussex County Council.

They have been drawn up to try to address concerns raised about traffic and parking in Lamberts Lane, June Lane and North 

But members of the town council’s finance and general purposes committee said the plans themselves consisted of 17 different colours denoting as many different parking regulations in a small area of the town.

There were different ‘no waiting’ times along North Street, a variety of different loading instructions, and single and double yellow lines.

Chairman of the town council John Etherington told fellow councillors: “We only have a traffic warden here for half a day a week and I have no idea how they are going to police these additional regulations.”

Gordon McAra said it was unnecessarily complicated to have 17 different criteria for parking in North Street, some 300 yards long.

Town councillors are asking Halcrow to simplify the regulations, pointing out the difficulty of enforcement.