New Car Park

Published: 20 January 2021

Ditchling Parish Council is pleased to report that work should start later this year on the new village car park in Keymer Road – hopefully in the summer, Covid permitting.

The car park will provide parking for 40 cars (including 2 disabled spaces), 4 bicycles and 2 motorcycles. The parish is grateful to the South Downs National Park Authority for funding of £100,000 and Lewes District Council for a £70,000 grant. In both cases the money has come from the Community Infrastructure Levy on new development.

The car park will service the village centre from its site to the west of the war memorial. Careful attention has been paid to design. Extensive planting of native trees and shrubs will be used to screen the site, existing hedges will be kept and new hedges planted round the rest of the perimeter. Within the central zone of the car park there will be an area of perennial meadow to reflect the field character of the existing paddock and provide amenity value to visitors.

To give as natural a look as possible, the surface will be a gravel-filled grid. Circulation areas will need to be harder-wearing and will be in tarmac with matching gravel rolled in. Drainage has been designed to be sustainable, with surface water run-off permeating through the gravel-filled grid rather than draining to watercourses.