Pay-and-display parking charges will "kill" towns in East Sussex, it has been warned.
Councillor Lynn Langlands, of Rother District Council, said proposals to introduce parking enforcement would be like "killing" Bexhill.
“I’m not sure that if we start charging on the seafront, then we won’t cause an economic problem to the town.”
Conservative group leader Carl Maynard said that excluding the seafront from parking charges would result in spaces being taken up by traders and leave none for visitors.
Rother District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee heard further details of proposals to bring on-street parking restrictions to Bexhill, Battle, Robertsbridge and Rye.
Charges for the seafront would be set at about 20p per 30 minutes and at £2 to stay for more than six hours.
If agreed, parking enforcement would begin in April 2020.