More parking needed

Planning decisions in Chichester continue to fail to safeguard the character of our city, often putting the lives of road-users in harm’s way.

Ride around Chichester, ignore the problems caused by an inadequate A27 and ring road, and the blight caused by on-street parking is all too plain to see.

The congestion caused threatens the safety of road users, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Sherborne Road and College Lane are but two examples.

Developments at Chichester University and around Fordwater School, where planning approval was granted in the face of obvious inadequate parking provision, have choked College Lane and surrounding parking areas, especially during term time.

Although an extension of parking restrictions have been made in College Lane, the free flow of

two-way traffic is seriously impeded, making it unsafe for road users, especially cyclists.

With only a fraction of the new housing completed in the Graylingwell development, insufficient parking is driving residents to park on a regular

basis in College Lane, south of Bloomfield Drive.

The full impact of this extra demand for more on-street parking from this development will become more obvious when the university re-opens.

How much more congestion will be generated by the forthcoming development at Roussillon Barracks?

Will the exploitation of the site on the corner of Wellington Road and the Broyle result in yet more congestion?

Committing more of Oaklands Park to parking, might sound contentious at present, but who knows what the future holds?

The suggestion that parking restrictions might be a solution to the parking problem in Sherborne Road is unrealistic. Who will take any notice, and will it be enforced?

I witness 20 to 30 vehicles a day parked with impunity on the yellow lines outside the One Stop Shop in the Broadway.

Wake up Chichester – get real! Car ownership shows no sign of decline. Until it does, planners must insist developers provide generous parking with all developments, residential and commercial. We don’t want our roads choked further.

Ray Carter