Customers ‘thrilled’ by parking reprieve

Cllr Clive Roberts with  Highdown Tea Rooms manager Donna Lewington and staff member Avril Duprez
Cllr Clive Roberts with Highdown Tea Rooms manager Donna Lewington and staff member Avril Duprez

THE manager of a tea room in Worthing has said her customers are ‘thrilled’ that parking will remain free at Highdown Gardens.

A proposal by Worthing Borough Council to start charging people to park at the Gardens was met with widespread opposition.

Donna Lewington, manager of the Highdown Tea Room, said: “All our customers are absolutely thrilled it’s not going to happen because they would have gone elsewhere. It would have had a detrimental affect.”

The proposal consisted of charging cars £1 to park for the day, £3 for vans and £10 for lorries.

Worthing cabinet member for the environment Cllr Clive Roberts said: “Parking is one of my responsibilities.

“It was a proposal I was putting out there which was met with displeasure.

“The grants from central government are cut and cut and cut so we have to look where we can make cuts.”

For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, Thursday, November 28.