AS CONTROLLED parking zones spread across Chichester, it has drawn a mixed reaction from residents and commuters.
Little Breach residents welcomed the news, as the road is another hotbed for free parking just outside the city centre.
“I’m quite happy to pay for a permit,” said Robin Angell, who lives in Little Breach.
He added: “Some people might moan because obviously they’ve got to pay to park outside their own doors, but I think you’re better off really.”
At the southern end of the road, drivers park on both sides of the road, narrowing the road and making it difficult for buses.
Mr Angell said he knew a lot of drivers chose to park there because they had to pay to park in the car parks.
“I can understand that, but it’s just wrecked the road,” he said, adding the number of cars parking up on the verges had badly damaged one side of the road in particular.
His wife Tracey said: “We’re more upset about our grass verges and the mud holes that are being left. All the residents and everyone up here, we’ve been writing letters about this since 2002.
“The road verges have got worse and worse. We’ve had people having to reverse all the way up the road and little children almost reversed onto.”
The county council said previously it introduced the zones after a number of residents complained about non-residents parking in streets for the whole day, reducing their ability to park and claiming it was detrimental to road safety.
However, Arthur Timlick, of Crockerhill, was in disagreement, describing the changes as a ‘waste of money’.
“I think that the money that they spent on that could’ve been spent filling up the potholes on the road outside Sainsbury’s.”
The 84-year-old was also concerned about parking near the Judith Adams Centre, in St Pancras, where he collected his wife from the day centre. He also warned Chichester city could be harmed by the changes.
“I think in the end it will help to kill Chichester,” he said, adding people would spend more time rushing their shopping.
“The car parks are too expensive to go in,” he said.