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News - 17 July 2004

Brighton and Hove parking charges to be revised

Plans to simplify the pricing system for parking across the city will be discussed by the council's Policy & Resources Committee on Wednesday, 21 July.

The proposals would reduce the number of different charges around the city and make the system easier to understand. They also reflect the council's aims of encouraging different modes of transport to ease congestion and free up space in the city.

Daily parking charges in some areas are currently much lower than a £2.50 bus Saver ticket. The new charges therefore redress that imbalance and make the bus a much more attractive alternative to the car.

Councillor Gill Mitchell, spokesperson for environment on the committee, said, "The Environment Committee agreed the principles of reviewing the charging at its last meeting. Parking charges play their part in helping us manage traffic in the city and achieve a balance between different road users.

"We are coming up to our third anniversary of managing parking enforcement. Since that time we have seen a reduction in the number of cars coming into the city centre and greater priority for residents to park.

"The Environment Committee considered the conclusions made in an overall review of parking, which identified how well the system is operating and where there is room for further improvements. Simplifying charges avoids confusion and makes a lot of sense for everyone."

Other principles agreed by the Environvment Committee were that all on-street parking within residents' schemes should be charged and that the voucher scheme should be phased out in favour of pay and display.

The report proposes three charging bands:

  • orange for the city centre, where space is at a premium and charges would be highest;
  • green for the middle voucher area;
  • blue for the outer pay and display area (which includes Hove).

The policy of making car parks cheaper than the neighbouring on-street parking will remain in order to encourage less circulating and parked vehicles in some streets.

Proposed charges include:

  • £3 an hour to park on-street in the city centre;
  • £3 for two hours on-street in the middle voucher zone;
  • £1 for two hours on-street in the outer pay and display zone (compared with 70p in Hove car parks).

The proposed changes will result in a decrease in the price of a three hour stay at Haddington Street car park in Hove and there are no plans to change the parking tariffs for The Lanes, London Road and King Alfred car parks which are all council-owned and operated. Rottingdean car parks will also be unaffected.


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