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November 26 2015.

Peacehaven grandfather and businessman Vivian Carrick of the Save Peacehaven Car Parks campaign writes:

I write in response to the comments made by Councillor Andy Smith, the Leader of Lewes District Council, to the press on the 24th of November.

We do not think Lewes District Council (LDC) is listening to the businesses and public in Peacehaven and carrying out another more detailed car park study on only one of the car parks to justify closure of 75% of all LDC owned car parks in Peacehaven is not acceptable.

On-street parking is not a solution and is hazardous to the elderley, disabled, mothers and toddlers. It also blocks private resident's homes, and will impede access for fire, ambulance and other emergency vehicles reaching their destinations.

Two petitions of nearly 4000 signatures have been submitted to LDC objecting to and calling on them to halt the proposed building of flats on Piddinghoe Avenue, Steyning Avenue, and Roderick South (cliff side) car parks in Peacehaven.

We are not against the building of affordable homes, but if these flats are built on the above car parks, it will destroy the business structure, including health professional practices along, and adjacent to, the South Coast Road in Peacehaven, and will deny the public access to the services on which they depend.

Lewes District Council should find alternative sites.

LDC has not yet confirmed that it will debate all the petitions submitted, including Roderick South car park, at full council meeting in Lewes on December the 12th. The Leader of LDC and Ward Councillors have been sent 700 letters of objections, requesting the Council debates the proposed building on all the said car parks at the full council meeting on December the 12th.

A public meeting is being held by the Save Peacehaven Car Parks campaign at 7.00pm on the 2nd and 3rd of December at the Catholic Church Hall, Edith Avenue/Horsham Avenue in Peacehaven, to discuss saving the above mentioned car parks. All are welcome.

For further details contact: 01273-582999.