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We have written to Cllr Claire Dowling, Lead Member for Transport and Environment at East Sussex County Council, calling for her to postpone the planned increases to parking charges in Eastbourne.
East Sussex county councillors agreed to increase permit and on street pay-and-display parking fees in January. It was meant to come into effect in April, but was deferred to allow time for coronavirus restrictions to ease.
The increase will see council car park charges rise by between 20p and £1.90 in Eastbourne, Hastings and Lewes, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.
In a letter to councillor Claire Dowling, lead member for transport and environment, Stephen Holt of Your Eastbourne Business Improvement District, which represents over 600 businesses, said: "We should be focused solely on the recovery of the town centre and businesses in it following unprecedented closures."
extra charges would "delay recovery in an already weakened town centre", and should be put off until at least after Christmas.
"Please, let businesses try to recover," he added.
Dear Cllr. Dowling,
Proposed increase in Parking Charges
I write on behalf of the Your Eastbourne BID, representing over 600 businesses within Eastbourne’s town centre.
We write to ask that you continue to delay increasing the parking charges for our town centre.
You will be aware, I am sure, that many businesses were opposed to these increases and already see this as a potential barrier to their continued success.
We are sure you will agree that we should be focused solely on the recovery of the town centre and businesses in it following unprecedented closures.
Implementing an increase in parking charges during this time may only delay recovery in an already weakened town centre.
Please, let businesses try to recover and review the charges after Christmas.
Your Eastbourne BID