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Crawley councillor speaks out with ’21st Century’ parking solution

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Crawley councillor Guidera for Tilgate has come up with a proposal that will see council garages be replaced by smart parking solutions.

Tilgate Councillor Francis Guidera

Parking – the solution.

The issue of parking is not going to go away and therefore the council MUST be implementing solutions, not offering excuses.

Here are some facts:

  1. Multi-storey car parks are very expensive to build.
  2. We have very little land left to build on.
  3. Housing is the priority (rightfully).
  4. We cannot force new builds to provide enough parking.

I have said to the previous Chief Executive and to other officers at CBC that we should look to other countries for solutions to this problem, countries that do a better job of managing living in space-limited environments. I pointed out the Japanese car parking solutions then, and this evening I was looking into the South Korean options too.

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Parking towers are the solution for a lot of areas in Crawley and certainly for new builds, and were we to embark on a program of replacing garages with several of these, we would solve so many of the parking problems in residential areas. The cost would be covered by the monthly rents, the same way people pay for their garages now.

“This isn’t a futuristic sci-fi fantasy”

Most modern cars do not even fit in the 1940s garages in this town so they are not fit-for-purpose, and this solution would provide a secure, dry place to store your car in the 21st century! It would also give you a lower insurance premium (off street, in a garage). We could provide 16+ parking spaces in an area that normally roughly only two garages would occupy! Imagine, 10 garages gone, 80 parking spaces created!

Most importantly, they would have electric charging points so you would be able to plug your electric car in and charge it whilst parked too, making electric vehicle ownership a far more attractive option.

This isn’t a futuristic sci-fi fantasy. It is normal daily life in many countries and has been for YEARS.

I don’t want to hear any rubbish about the ‘cost’ either. Everything ‘costs’ and we all pay. Parking is a massive money maker in this town. Millions of pounds of sheer profit each year. Our run-down, arguably useless garages are also a massive money maker for CBC. Everyone’s complaining about parking, verges, etc.

There’s our solution.

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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’

Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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Yellow warnings for snow in Crawley have been issued by the Met Office until Wednesday. Photo: MetOffice

Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.

Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.

A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”

A further update will be issued later today.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

WSCC have offered some general advice including:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.

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