Timing of parking and permit charge increases angers businesses and residents


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Eastbourne’s businesses and residents are angry that East Sussex County Council chose to impose steep display Parking and on-street Parking Permit increases at the beginning of July when the town was emerging from an extended Lockdown due to COVID 19.  The Tory majority dismissed Pat Rodohan’s pleas at the last County Council Meeting that the increases were postponed until the New Year when hopefully the Town will be recovered from the effects of COVID 19.

East Sussex County Council increased on-street Parking Permits and Display Parking charges throughout Eastbourne at the beginning of July.  Display parking charges have risen between 20p. and £1.90.  An Eastbourne resident who was paying £25 for an Annual On-Street Parking Permit for the first car at the residence will have to pay as much as £95.

Residents & businesses are angry that the County Council imposed the increases at a time when the town was tentatively emerging from an extended Lockdown due to COVID 19.  Residents, shoppers and visitors are still discouraged from using buses, cycle routes and facilities in Upperton and the Town Centre are poor. 

Upperton County Councillor Pat Rodohan whose plea that the increases were postponed until the New Year was dismissed by the Tory majority at County says “It is incomprehensible that East Sussex County should increase the charges at this time.  The increases are wrapped up as helping the Environment when they are in fact lucrative income generation measures for East Sussex County Council”.


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