New parking bid could spark row in Midhurst

Parking in Market Square before refurbishment
Parking in Market Square before refurbishment

A MOVE to bring back controversial car parking restrictions around Midhurst’s Market Square look set to signal a battle with residents.

Midhurst town councillors are pressing for traffic regulation orders to bring back restrictions they believe were only temporarily removed during Market Square refurbishment.

They said they were concerned residents were laying claim to spaces for long term parking which were intended as short term shoppers spaces.

Now they want uniformity of parking regulations.

There is already two hours free parking in the town’s car parks. Now they want one hour restrictions for all on-street town centre parking.

They also want to reintroduce one hour north and south of the war memorial as well as on Red Lion Street and Sheep Lane.

They have decided not to include Edinburgh Square or South Street in their proposals which now have no restrictions.

Steve Morley told councillors the move would bring ‘uniformity’ to the town and make it more ‘lively’ in areas where there were currently no restrictions on street.

He said 88 per cent of traders wanted restrictions brought back in the old town.

But MOTRA (Midhurst Old Town Residents and Business Association) said the current restrictions were much discussed and have expressed ‘disappointment’.