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News - 26 June 2004

Proposals to improve parking arrangements in Brighton & Hove

The Council has, following consultation with businesses and residents, made some recommendations to improve parking arrangements in the city. The proposals will attempt to unify regulations across the city and reduce confusion.

The proposals include: Shared schemes for resident permit-holders and time-limited paid Parking Payment for on-street parking by pay and display machines (which would mean phasing out voucher parking) Resident visitor permits and business permits available in all areas All schemes to include at least one secure motorcycle bay in each street.

Councillor Craig Turton, deputy chair of the environment committee, said, "Since the council took control of parking enforcement in July 2001 there is much less illegal parking and better access for all road users. Better parking enforcement has resulted in safer streets, improved traffic flow and clearer bus stops.

"Three years on, the new system has now had the chance to settle down and we have a much better understanding of how it is operating and what works best in certain circumstances. We can now begin to address some of the differences that exist between new schemes and areas that had schemes before 2001. These differences can make it difficult for everyone to fully understand which regulations and charges apply to which parking spaces. That is why we are proposing to simplify the system."

Councillors will discuss the development of the city's on-street parking strategy at the next environment committee on Thursday, 1 July.


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