West Sussex County Council is reviewing the charges for its on-street parking permits and for short stay pay and display. While there will be some increases in line with inflation, charges for a number of permits are set to remain unchanged to account for the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Subject to the council’s usual call-in period for decisions, charges for Visitor Permits, Healthcare Permits, Residents’ Carer Permits, Trader Permits, Doctor Permits and Hotel Permits (in Worthing only) will remain unchanged.
Charges for Residents’ Permits, Non-Residents’ Permits, Countywide (essential user) Permits, Dispensation Notices, Parking Bay Suspensions, Short Stay Pay and Display and at Crawley Library will all increase in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) and in order to promote the County Council’s traffic management objectives. Where a RPI increase has been applied, the fee will be rounded up to the nearest £, or, in the case of Pay and Display, the nearest 10p.
The new charges are expected to come into effect on 4 January, 2021.
The income generated from this will be used towards covering inflationary cost increases for running the parking system and improving on-street parking provision across the county.
The extra pressures that healthcare staff have been under during the COVID-19 crisis, providing vital domiciliary care, has been recognised, so permit fees for these key workers, as well as doctors, will remain the same.
Throughout the pandemic, the County Council has also facilitated free on-street parking for NHS and Social Care staff and volunteers and has also made available discounted dispensation notices to allow residents who may be furloughed and/or on reduced work hours to park whilst at home.
As a highway authority, the County Council is responsible for managing on-street parking in West Sussex. This includes setting on-street parking charges at appropriate levels to deliver the County Council’s objectives for parking management, as set out in the Draft Integrated Parking Strategy (2020-2025).
The on-street parking charges review for 2020/21 includes all on-street parking charges, including all types of parking permits, dispensation notices, suspensions and pay & display.