VOTE: Do you think it is in Worthing’s best interests for the council to take control of parking fees?

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IT is in Worthing’s best interests for the council to take control of parking fees – this was the belief of councillors who attended a special meeting last week.

At Worthing and Adur councils joint overview and scrutiny committee meeting, held at Worthing Town Hall, councillors agreed on the best plan of action for the future of Worthing and Adur’s on and off-street parking.

At the meeting, Selden ward councillor Roger Oakley said: “Parking is one of our major concerns, and we must get it right. We cannot afford to get it wrong.”

He added: “I would like to see some control over parking charges in Worthing.”

Worthing Borough Council negotiated a 10-year contract with NCP for its off-street parking in 2004.

However, councillor Bob Symtherman said this contract had served its purpose, and believed it was time for the council to regain control.

He said: “The reason why the contract was needed is because our off-street car parking needed major restoration at the time.

“Now we have good car parking facilities, the council should regain tariff control.”

It was also pointed out by Mr Symtherman that the delegation of tariff control to Worthing council was dependent on the approval of the department of transport at West Sussex County Council.

In the recommendations for action, Mr Oakley also said the negative image of parking in Worthing should be proactively addressed, and the council should encourage a diverse choice of parking for shoppers and visitors.

The council, he said, should have a policy of encouraging short-stay, on-street parking and long-stay, off-street parking.

The joint overview and scrutiny committee approved the recommendations outlined at the meeting, which will now form the body of a parking policy to be developed in the coming months.

Do you think it is in Worthing’s best interests for the council to take control of parking fees?

Cast your vote by clicking on the poll at the top right of this story.

Alternatively, comment below or email catrin.shi@worthingherald.co.uk.