Decision details

Ashdown Forest Parking Charges

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Resources and Climate Change

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Ashdown Forest Conservators approved the introduction of car parking charges at their recent Board meeting. Under the Act they are now required to seek the approval of the charges from ESCC, WDC, the AA and the RAC


71.1     The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport.


71.2     The Lead Member referred to recent correspondence received from local residents expressing their views about the introduction of parking charges at Ashdown Forest.




71.3     The Lead Member RESOLVED to: Grant the approval required by Section 18 of The Ashdown Forest Act 1974 to the parking charges proposed by the Conservators of the Ashdown Forest.




71.4     County Council Officers have been supporting the Conservators in drawing up their plans to introduce parking charges across the Forest and made no representation to their consultation in 2021.


71.5     The Board of Conservators have undertaken a great deal of work to explore the potential for introducing parking charges and have deemed that these charges are necessary for the long-term preservation, use and enjoyment of the Ashdown Forest as an amenity space for the public.

Report author: Rupert Clubb

Publication date: 03/05/2022

Date of decision: 28/04/2022

Decided at meeting: 28/04/2022 - Lead Member for Resources and Climate Change

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