Bognor Regis free-parking petition thrown out
A petition calling for free parking to attract shoppers into a West Sussex town has been dismissed by the council.
The Bognor Regis Civic Society gathered almost 6,000 names backing free, two-hour parking across the town.
It said the move would kick-start regeneration and encourage shoppers and visitors to come back.
It was rejected by Arun District Council, but officials said a limited trial that could be up and running by Christmas was being considered.
It has set up a working group to look at running a pilot scheme to scrap short stay charges in some car parks.
In a statement, the council said it had "never been in a position to offer blanket free parking but has always said it will consider a like-for-like set up to the one that exists in Littlehampton".
"This would have to be financially supported by Bognor Regis Town Council and Bognor Regis traders," it said.
The issue is due to be debated at a council meeting on 5 July.