Three of the five political parties in the city have differing views on the introduction of a congestion charge to enter the city.
On Saturday Cllr. Keith Taylor – Convenor of the Green Party and until recently a prospective parliamentary candidate for Pavilion ward – demanded the introduction of a congestion charge for Brighton city centre to tackle some of the 38 pollution hotspots across the city.
The Conservative administration has ruled out the idea for the moment stating that there are no plans to introduce such a charge.
Labour leader Cllr Gill Mitchell is asking for the council, the health authority and the business community to fund the £1m that would be needed to investigate the feasibility and economic impact of congestion charging in the city.
The Lib Dems and the single independent councillor have yet to comment.
There are only two existing schemes in the UK - London and Durham. Manchester is likely to be the next city to introduce such a charge after Edinburgh rejected the idea via a public referendum earlier in 2005 (see earlier story in Knowledgebase)
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