Formal consultation on central Brighton parking has begun. Businesses and residents are being sent an information pack giving background to the schemes, proposals for change and an invitation to respond through a questionnaire.
The council is reviewing the central Brighton zones looking, in particular, at parking problems and anomalies. There are currently nine small parking zones in central Brighton, covering an area from Viaduct Road/York Hill in the north to the seafront in the south; and from Hove in the west to the new Queens Park zone in the east. For more information on the current zones, go to:
Proposals include phasing out the voucher scheme in favour of on street pay and display machines; and increasing the number of residents' permit places and reviewing the zone boundaries to reduce waiting lists. Currently residents can wait from between 10 and 18 months for a permit in some central Brighton zones.
Councillor Craig Turton, deputy chair of the environment committee, said: "It is vitally important that people take part in the consultation so that we get the balance right. Residents in these zones live in the busiest parts of the city and road space is severely limited.
"The central Brighton parking schemes were developed some time ago and we need to update them for the benefit of residents and businesses."
The environment committee will examine the results of the consultation in January. If approved, any changes would come into operation in a year's time
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