Business concerns about the introduction of CPE (Civil Parking Enforcement) with parking meters and traffic wardens in Rye will be raised when the DfT (Department for Transport) consults on the proposals from ESCC (East Sussex County Council) which need Parliamentary approval, Rye Town Council (RTC) decided on Monday night.
Meanwhile the working group set up by RTC to look at the town’s long term parking needs and an appropriate strategy for this will be asked to also press on with this work – covered to some extent in Rye’s just-agreed Neighbourhood Plan..
But current developments in Parliament over leaving the European Union, and a possible General Election, are already delaying the legal process of introducing CPE.
ESCC council leader and local county councillor Keith Glazier made it clear again that the proposals were only intended to cover existing parking restrictions but they would look carefully at any points raised during the three-week consultation – which currently may not be before the middle of next year.
He also repeated that ESCC would review CPE’s operation in about a year after it was implemented.
When the DfT consultation is announced it is likely that RTC will discuss CPE again, but in the meantime inconsiderate and/or unlawful parking will continue to be a problem.
Rye’s Mayor Cllr Mike Boyd, reporting on recent events he had attended, said last weekend’s Festival of the Sea had been very successful and was “all the better for being on The Salts ” rather than Strand Quay.
Cllr Glazier, reporting back on ESCC issues, said problems with the A259 were matters for Highway England who had made it very clear that there was not much chance of Rye meeting the criteria for a bypass.
However the A259 and Highways England were also presenting problems in Winchelsea where there had been a rock fall on the main road resulting in a loss of parking spaces.
Rye’s new Liberal Democrat Councillor on Rother District Council (RDC) Howard Norton said the new council (no longer Conservative controlled) was settling in under its new leadership.
Centre manager Louisa O’Shaugnessy said they had been very busy and had dealt with masses of calls and enquiries but actual sales were down on last year and the budget forecast.
RTC discussed the centre and council finances overall in private session later in the evening.
Elsewhere the RDC is looking at its overall planning/housing strategy and Rye Neighbourhood Plan Vice Chairman Anthony Kimber reported that this strategy was consistent with the recently approved Rye Neighbourhood Plan (RNP) and had been discussed at length with RDC officers.
He added that the RNP included issues such as land stability, and the RDC would have to take this into account in relation to any proposed development or works in Military Road.
As a result of RDC’s review of voting arrangements it is likely that the polling station currently at Badger Gate will move back to Tilling Green Community Centre in Mason Road.
RTC decided to make the appointment of Honorary Freemen scheme more flexible by changing the specification of “20 years voluntary work” to “at least 10 years” which would cover those who retired to live in Rye as well as long-term residents.
Former Mayor Cllr Jonathan Breeds was asked to continue his investigation into whether Honorary Freemen could have a badge, sash or something similar to mark the honour.
It was agreed that the maximum number of Freemen was sufficiently flexible already.
The Town Council agreed a new policy to remove unauthorised advertising material and the Jazz Festival was criticised for not removing all its notices from lamp-posts.
Cllr Andi Rivett was asked to provide more detail on his proposal for recognising local businesses as, while it was thought to be a great idea in theory, various practical issues raised concerns – and the devil could be in the detail.
Editor’s note: No detail of the formal consultation on Civil Parking Enforcement in Rye (and Rother generally) announced this week by East Sussex County Council is available before Rye News is published, and a number of people present at Monday’s Town Council meeting understood from the ESCC council leader that the CPE papers had been passed to the Department for Transport by ESCC as Parliament has to agree the proposal.
Image Credits: Kevin McCarthy , Rye News library .