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News - 1 July 2005

Free parking in Kemp Town could be a thing of the past

The parking scheme in Kemp Town is to be reviewed by Brighton & Hove’s environment committee on 8 July. Businesses need to become involved in the debate to ensure that their needs are taken into account in any redevelopment.

The existing parking scheme was brought in following concerns about parking pressures as the hospital expands. It was developed to maximise the amount of on-street parking available to residents, while limiting the length of time that visitors could park free of charge. Over 90% of the parking bays are either residents’ only or parking for two or four hours.

A detailed review is currently taking place of the parking zone to identify shortcomings with the existing arrangements and develop an improved scheme to better meet the needs of residents, businesses and visitors.

Currently both residents who have permits and short-stay visitors can park for free. However, surveys indicate that the system is being abused and the streets are becoming clogged with parked cars.

Councillor Craig Turton, deputy chair of the environment committee, explained, “The Area H parking zone came into operation in 1999. It badly needs updating and should be consistent with other schemes in the city that people pay for.

“We are proposing to introduce a low-tariff scheme with a mix of parking bays to accommodate residents with permits and pay and display for visitors. This has worked successfully in other areas such as central Hove.

“The council’s transport officers have also carried out informal consultation with the hospital. We recognise that the Hospital Trust is a major employer in the area and will be offering our support in making physical improvements and to help with travel plans, including individual staff planning where necessary.”

If agreed the public consultation would begin in September, with the results brought back to the committee for further consideration.


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