Three Bridges Railway Station is the ‘last place’ to hold a farmers’ market according to councillors.
Southern has applied to Crawley Borough Council for permission to use part of the station’s car park every Sunday for the event, which would sell regional food and locally made products.
At West Sussex County Council’s latest East Crawley County Local Committee meeting on Wednesday night concerns were raised about the impact losing almost half the station’s parking spaces at the weekend.
Bob Burgess, a Crawley borough councillor for Three Bridges, said: “People wanting to travel by train will not be able to park at Three Bridges station.
“Where are they going to park? They are going to park on roads that are already full.
“There seems to be no consideration for the people of Three Bridges and parts of Pound Hill.”
Richard Burrett (Con, Pound Hill and Worth), chairman of the committee, expressed concern about where rail replacement buses would park when engineering works prevented rail services running on the weekends.
Meanwhile Bob Lanzer (Con, Maidenbower) pointed out that there was a large amount of work already due to take place in the area.
This includes a project to redesign the station’s forecourt, removal of the chicanes in Bilington Drive and Station Hill, and plans for a cycle path in Worth Park Avenue.
Mr Lanzer said it was ‘already a miracle there are not a lot of accidents there’ and added: “This is the last place you want to consider allowing a farmers’ market.”
Southern is proposing that around half the total 388 spaces would still be free for parking when the market is running as the ‘car park which is often full during the week is underutilised on Sundays’.
The application’s design and access statement reads: “The proposed farmers’ market in the car park should not interfere with the operational and functional use of the station and is a good example of sustainable development by having minimum impact on its surroundings.”
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