Parking is now prohibited in Crawley High Street’s pedestrianised area.
The restricted parking zone runs from the entrance of Pegler Way to just north of its junction at Cross Keys.
It came into effect on Monday (May 18) after West Sussex County Council introduced the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO).
A spokesman for Crawley Borough Council (CBC) said the majority of residents and businesses supported the proposals a county council consultation.
“Of those who responded, the majority agreed there was a problem with the parking situation in terms of pedestrian safety, obstruction to businesses and the look and feel of the High Street.”
The borough council will enforce the TRO.
It will place warnings on vehicles for six weeks.
Penalty Charge Notices will be placed on any vehicles parked in the restricted area of the High Street from June 29.
The fines will cost £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days.
Colin Lloyd, CBC Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, said: “This change will improve our High Street by making it a better place to work, visit and shop. The current parking situation is not safe for pedestrians, causes obstructions and blights the historic High Street.
“Public transport into the town centre is extremely good but those who need to park their car can take advantage of free parking between 5pm and 7am at the council’s Orchard Street multi-storey and surface car parks, which is a couple of minutes’ walk from the High Street.”
Orchard Street multi-storey and surface car parks are open 24 hours and offer free parking after 5pm until 7am. Parking in these car parks is free all day on Sundays making it free to park from 5pm on Saturday until 7am on Monday.
Existing parking bays – including those for disabled drivers – will remain unchanged and the bay opposite No. 49-53 High Street will continue to be available for delivery vehicles between 6am and 10pm and be a taxi rank from 10pm to 6am each day.
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