Parking Information for Residents

This section of the website is to help residents who need to deal with the issue around illegal parking, blocked driveways, anti-social driving and abandoned vehicles.  Each section will have its own heading to direct people to the right section they require.  Under that section advice on how to proceed will be given and the relevant procedures to follow or the right website to log an issue on.

It is important to note that the Parish Council has no power to enforce action.  These steps have been formulated to try and deal with issues in a neighbourly manner.  If the suggested steps do not work, then the situation needs to be referred to the right authorities to deal with the situation.

The Parish Council is always looking at ways that everyone can use the pavements and roadside in a fair and legal manner.  If you have any particular concerns, please feel free to contact the Parish Clerk on burwashparishclerk@gmail.com or call 07854699518 if your questions cannot be answered from the information on these pages.

Please refer to the relevant section of this page:

Considerate Parking

Blocking your Driveway

Antisocial Driving and Abandoned Cars

 

Considerate Parking

Drivers need to be considerate when parking at all times. The highway code rules 239 to 247 are very clear on where drivers must not park including:

  • a pedestrian crossing, including the area marked by the zig-zag lines
  • a road marked with double white lines, even when a broken white line is on your side of the road, except to pick up or set down passengers, or to load or unload goods
  • You MUST NOT park in parking spaces reserved for specific users, such as Blue Badge holders, residents or motorcycles, unless entitled to do so
  • You MUST NOT leave your vehicle or trailer in a dangerous position or where it causes any unnecessary obstruction of the road.
  • near a school entrance
  • anywhere you would prevent access for Emergency Services
  • at or near a bus or tram stop or taxi rank
  • on the approach to a level crossing/tramway crossing
  • opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space
  • near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
  • opposite a traffic island or (if this would cause an obstruction) another parked vehicle
  • where you would force other traffic to enter a tram lane
  • where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles
  • in front of an entrance to a property
  • on a bend
  • where you would obstruct cyclists’ use of cycle facilities except when forced to do so by stationary traffic.
  • You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.
  • Double yellow lines mean no waiting at any time, unless there are signs that specifically indicate seasonal restrictions. The times at which the restrictions apply for other road markings are shown on nearby plates or on entry signs to controlled parking zones. If no days are shown on the signs, the restrictions are in force every day including Sundays and Bank Holidays. 
  • Please note Goods vehicles. Vehicles with a maximum laden weight of over 7.5 tonnes (including any trailer) MUST NOT be parked on a verge, pavement or any land situated between carriageways, without police permission. The only exception is when parking is essential for loading and unloading, in which case the vehicle MUST NOT be left unattended.

If you see vehicles parking illegally in your area please look to following the outline below in dealing with this issue.

  1. If there is an ongoing problem in the area please use the letter provided on the Parish Council’s website to do a letter drop in the area to remind people what constitutes as illegal parking.  Please do not place letters on the parked cars themselves nor use the letter to target or harass any individuals.  The Parish Council does not recommend any direct or aggressive approaches to the alleged offenders. Please click here  for the letter to print off to do a letter drop in your area.  If you would like to print off two A5 posters on one peice of paper please click onto the 'Multiple' option under 'Paper Sizing and Handling' and choose two pages per sheet.
  2. If after doing a letter drop the cars still are parking in the areas illegally then the Parish Council will look to write to the owner(s) of the car.  For this to happen please provide photographic evidence of the car parking illegally on more than one occasion, the address of the owner of the car if know (just house number/name and street name is necessary) plus details of when stage 1) the letter drop happened. The item will be taken to full council for councillors to vote on whether to send a letter.  If they resolve to do so a letter will be sent out by the Clerk on behalf of the Parish Council.

If after steps 1. and 2. the vehicle(s) are still parking illegally this needs to be reported in on 101 telephone number and create a report including time/date / location and where possible registration. 

Living Streets, the national charity that stands up for pedestrians.

www.livingstreets.org.uk

Blocking your Driveway

Sussex police first advise that you should check with neighbours.Please be aware that although parking on a dropped kerb over a driveway is a parking offence, police have limited powers when it comes to blocked driveways.

If the registered owner is not contactable or the local authority are unable to assist and you are unable to get your own vehicle off your driveway, police may be able to make efforts to contact the registered keeper and attend if it is necessary. If you are able to squeeze by, even with difficulty, then your drive is not actually blocked and police will not attend.

If the matter is a continuing problem rather than a single occasion, then the issue can be addressed as anti-social behaviour. You can report anti-social behaviour online.

Anti-Social Driving and Abandoned Vehicles

Sussex police have set up a very comprehensive and easy to use website.  On it you can report either of these issues.  To access the site please click onto:  http://www.operationcrackdown.org/.

 

 

Burwash School Summer Fete - 9th June Burwash School from 3pm
Horticultural Society Rose Show -17th June 2.00 - 4.00pm Sports Pavilion
1920s Razzamataz Party - 17th June Burwash Common Pavilion in aid of Demnetia UK
Burwash in Bloom - Judging 23rd June. 

Burwash Open Gardens - Sunday 25th June please click here for more details.
Burwash Community Fund AGM - Thursday 29th June 7.30pm at The Bear
The Rude Mechanical Theatre -  28th July at 7.30pm at Swan Meadow.

For a full list of events this month then please go to 
Burwash Parish Diary. If  you have updates or wish to add details of future events please get in touch via Burwash Parish Clerk.