Crawley could be chosen to pilot a new scheme to stop people parking on grass verges.
After receiving continued complaints about the damage caused to the town’s verges – particularly following the recent bad weather – West Sussex County Council is considering the introduction of a new enforcement scheme.
At the moment, it is not illegal to park on grass verges unless other restrictions, such as double yellow lines, are in place.
The proposed enforcement would mean the council could fine drivers who park on verges in protected areas.
The enforcement will be considered by the county council at its Cabinet meeting in April and would require a traffic regulation order to be applied to the roads selected for protection.
Cllr Ken Trussell (Con, Maidenbower), Crawley Borough Council’s Cabinet member for environment, welcomed the proposal and felt Crawley had been chosen for the pilot scheme because the town had been “more pushy” about the problem.
He added: “Parking on verges can bring out conflicting views. Some people say they need to park close to their homes, while others feel the damage caused by parking on the grass is unacceptable.
“We are working with residents and other agencies to find shared solutions and, over the last year, have had considerable success using a range of approaches. As every verge problem has its own challenges, we understand that it is important to tailor the solution with the support of the residents who are directly affected by the issue.”
Since February 2012, the borough council has been working with schools and residents to help combat the problem of antisocial parking to help improve and protect the verges.
One solution has been verge hardening, fitted in narrower roads where large vehicles such as refuse lorries have had to cut across corners.
Another is the removal of verges to make way for more parking spaces, following feedback from residents.
More parking places have been created at Hardham Close in Ifield, Cherry Lane in Langley Green and Cobnor Close in Gossops Green.
Spaces at the southern end of Pearson Road in Pound Hill will be completed by the middle of April.