Ed Crouch of the Worthing Page and Paul O’Brien of Candy Love presented two petitions on car parking at last night’s Worthing Borough Council meeting. The petitions both asked the Council not to renew the current contracts with NCP (off-street) and NSL (on street).
Both petitioners were allowed five minutes to speak. In his speech Ed Crouch also pleaded with the Council to come up with a strategy for the next 20, 30 and 50 years.
The Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr Clive Roberts responded recognising the need for car parking enforcement. Cllr Roberts did express dismay at the accumulated £2.3 million surplus on the Controlled Parking Zone contract being spent elsewhere in West Sussex. He said the contract was authorised by a former Conservative Leader of the Council (Keith Mercer) but Cllr Roberts was determined to renegotiate.
Debate was opened up to the rest of the Council members with Leader of the Lib Dem Group Alan Rice pointing out the decision to take largely in-house was already made by the Cabinet at the Joint Strategic Committee on March 28th. Cllr Rice sought to clarify the details of the decision.
Leader of the Council Paul Yallop believed full car parks with lower car park charges would generate sufficient income but should the car parks still not attract more use he was prepared to sell them.
There was no vote as the decision had already been made by the Cabinet.
Later in the meeting Cllr Yallop confirmed the car parks will be in-house, charges will be lower and he was working on the staffing arrangements.
Alan Rice is Editor of Worthing Daily