Campaigner criticises ‘shocking’ lack of disabled parking at Seaford Seafront

Green Party campaigner Gemma McFarlane hit out this week at the failure to provide parking bays for disabled people on Seaford seafront meaning that many of those who would most benefit are unable to enjoy Seaford Bay.

Gemma McFarlane, who is standing as the candidate for Seaford North in East Sussex County Council elections said “I’ve had so many people contact me about this issue. It’s shocking that despite the fact there is parking the whole way along the seafront there are just four bays – 2 at Splash Point, 1 by the Martello Tower and there isn’t another space until the Buckle car park. The situation will only get worse this summer with the expected influx of day trippers and staycationers due to the restrictions on foreign travel.”

The Seaford area has the highest population of over 65 year olds and also the highest population of over 85-year olds in East Sussex, and accessibility for both older and younger disabled people is a key local issue.

Gemma McFarlane continued “We’ve all seen during the Covid-19 pandemic how important the seafront has been for our community, and the tremendous efforts to join together to clear shingle and keep the promenade accessible. We need to see the county council play its part in providing the parking that people need.”

Gemma McFarlane added that with County Council elections imminent on 6th May, she hoped that candidates from other parties would join her in calling for this change to make sure it happens after the upcoming local elections.