NEWS FROM THE PARKING WORKING GROUP
Hassocks Parking and Traffic Consultation Stage 2
A Public Exhibition of the proposed changes will take place at
The Parish Centre, Adastra Park
Tuesday 27th March
12 Noon until 8pm
Stage 2 addresses outstanding issues identified in the initial Traffic and Parking Report produced in 2013, supported by feedback from residents at subsequent meetings in 2016 and the West Sussex County Council consultation for Stage 1. This 2nd Stage involves additional parking restrictions designed to improve parking availability for residents and visitors and to ease traffic flow in a number of residential roads close to the village centre. Residents in these roads will receive a separate flyer with details for their road. Residents in these roads will receive a separate flyer with details for their road, however details of proposed changes for each road can be seen by clicking on the links below:
Hassocks Traffic and Parking Update
Back in 2013 Hassocks Parish Council invited residents to complete a survey to better understand the issues around parking and traffic flow in Hassocks. The final report approved by council in June 2013 made a number of recommendations which sought to improve Traffic Flow and to rebalance parking more in favour of residents and visitors to the village centre.
Since then the Parish has been engaging with WSCC to find ways of delivering these improvement against a backdrop of significant cuts in funding for Roads and Highways. A reduced scheme which included some of the recommended measures was finally put on display at the Parish Centre for public Consultation in May 2016.
Strong feedback from the community following the consultation identified that the proposed scheme did not meet expectations and a subsequent public meeting reaffirmed that many of the original parking proposals were still required. The WSCC public notices appearing around Hassocks in February 2018 relate to this first stage of the scheme and involve relatively modest changes to the existing restrictions. These will improve traffic flow in a number of roads and increase short term parking around the Keymer Road shopping area nearest to the station.
Following further consultation with residents and subsequent meetings with WSCC – we asked formally for a second stage to the scheme in October 2017. With support from our County Councillor and the offer of a financial contribution from the Parish, WSCC Highways agreed to work on a second stage to include additional restrictions around the station and in a few other places where inconsiderate parking was causing problems.
This second stage will include restrictions designed to improve parking availability for residents and will go out for initial consultation shortly to allow feedback to be considered during the final design by WSCC Highways.
It is important to emphasise that the aim of this project has always been to rebalance parking back in favour of local residents and visitors yet still recognise the need to accept commuters whose use of Hassocks Station enables the village to enjoy a better level of train service.
June 2016 West Sussex County Council Public Consultations will be held at: Hassocks Parish Council, Parish Centre, Adastra Park, Keymer Road, Hassocks, BN6 8QH on Tuesday 21 June 3pm – 9pm and Saturday 25 June 9am – 12.30pm. West Sussex County Council wishes to hear your views on proposed traffic schemes in the village of Hassocks. The proposals have been identified and developed over the past two years or so, following a public survey and extensive consultation in the community, click here for more information.
May 2016 The Hassocks Parish Council Traffic and Parking Report has now been reviewed by West Sussex County Council and a detailed proposal for the Hassocks Traffic and Parking scheme prepared by WSCC Highway Engineers and Traffic Consultants. The proposals will very shortly go to Public Consultation which will give all residents an opportunity to view the proposals and to offer further feedback. At this time we are awaiting final confirmation of the dates of the consultation, however it is likely that this will be during the last two weeks of June. Please check this page for updates.
November 2015 The Parking Report is currently being reviewed by West Sussex County Council and the most recent update is that budget has been allocated to the design of both Hassocks parking scheme and Keymer village improvements in the next financial year. WSCC shall be reviewing the feasibility work in the new year with the intention of commissioning designs from its consultant after March 2016.