I agree with everything in Johnnie Elliott’s letter of last Friday concerning road-side parking in Battle, except his suggested solution.
We have to accept two inevitable facts – that car numbers will keep increasing and that unless more reasonably priced off-street parking is provided, they will park somewhere.
Apart from double yellow lines at the exit points from properties on Calbec Hill, allowing parked cars there, strangely enough, makes for safety, as motorists have to slow down and drive by carefully.
Similarly, in the High Street, if parking were forbidden, not only would the shops suffer but traffic, now unhindered, would speed along it.
Ironically, the only serious accidents in Battle for the last many years occurred at, of all places, the pedestrian crossings – a man being badly injured on the one at the south side of the town and a lady killed on the one at its northern end.
You cannot stop people driving their cars, we all have one, the solution it seems to me, is for all motorists to drive and park considerately.
Some hope of that I can hear you say.
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