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Last Updated: Friday, 5 November, 2004, 10:42 GMT
Reservoir parking plan approved
Ardingly Reservoir
Ardingly Reservoir had been free to visitors for 30 years
Plans to charge for car parking at a beauty spot, which met with opposition from residents, have been approved.

People in the village of Ardingly, West Sussex, said visitors to Ardingly Reservoir would block their narrow streets rather than pay the 1 charge.

The plan, which led to 206 letters of objection, was agreed on Thursday by Mid Sussex District councillors.

South East Water said the village, a mile away, would not be affected. Parking had been free for 30 years.

Before the meeting, Pamela Dennis, of Ardingly Parish Council, said: "We want to keep it a nice peaceful place.

"We don't want cars rushing around looking for alternative parking."

The water company said the money raised from car parking would help to increase security at the reservoir.


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