Concerns raised by the Green Party over the plan to merge parking zones has lead to a rethink of the central parking strategy. Keith Taylor - Green party Convenor - highlighted what he believed to be a flaw in the plans that would lead to higher car usage and much disgruntlement on the part of residents in the more central zones.
Councillors have voted to send plans for wide ranging changes to Brighton city centre parking back to the drawing board. At a meeting of Brighton & Hove City Council's environment committee last week the Green party submitted a last minute amendment asking for the council to think again about merging the eight small central zones into two large ones. The committee voted in favour of the amendment six to five (see article in Knowledgebase entitled City centre parking to be simplified).
The scheme included plans to change the eight small city centre zones into two large zones stretching from the Vernon Terrace, Seven Dials and North Laine, London Road and Buckingham Road areas in the north, to the southern end of the Vernon Terrace/Seven Dials and North Laine, Montpelier Road,
West Street, North Street, Dean Street and Crown Street areas in the south. The committee voted in favour of the amendment, which expressed concern over the two central parking zones and requested that the council consider other options.
Council officers will now have to draw up alternative plans and report back to the environment committee on the timescale for reconsultation.
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