Category Archives: Parking

Parking chiefs to look into alternative ways to pay

From Brighton & Hove News

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Council chiefs are to look again at how drivers pay for parking after Conservative and Green councillors joined forces in response to a petition.

The petition called for scratchcard parking vouchers to be brought back after complaints about the switch to pay-by-phone parking machines.

The vouchers were scrapped by the Conservatives in 2008 on cost grounds.

Some people, such as those with arthritis or hearing difficulties, find the new system hard to use while others have complained about mobile phone signal problems.

Pay-by-phone parking machines were first brought in three years ago when Brighton and Hove City Council had almost 1,200 on-street parking machines that took cash.

More than 300 cash parking machines have been removed, taking the total remaining down to 800. And the number is to fall to just 150 by next March when the new £1 coin comes into circulation.

For the full story click here.

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Talks to bring park and ride to Brighton and Hove revived

From The Argus

Mill Road is the topic of park and ride talks between bus bosses, authorities and public figures. It is used for match dad park and rides already and special occasions, like here in 2007 for a Fatboy Slim gig.

Mill Road is the topic of park and ride talks between bus bosses, authorities and public figures. It is already used for match day park and rides and special occasions, like here in 2007 for a Fatboy Slim gig.

Talks to finally bring a park and ride to Brighton and Hove have been revived.

The Argus can reveal bus bosses and key public figures are discussing using Mill Road as a temporary 550 space park and ride with a view to it becoming a permanent, 2,000 car seven-day operation.

It comes as fresh calls for urgent decisions are made before the city sees an influx of visitors when the i360 opens this summer.

The idea for the site, which is already used as a park and ride for match days and special events, is in its early stages and no formal proposals have yet been made.

Brighton and Hove Buses have been discussing the idea with Brighton and Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park Authority (SNPA), and bus company managing director Martin Harris described it as an “important part of a strong transport strategy for the city”.

He said: “We have indicated our commitment to investing in park and ride ourselves if viable solutions can be found. It is still very early days in terms of any specific solutions or locations and there is a lot of work still to be done before we can talk about the possibilities in any detail.”

Soozie Campbell, chairman of the Tourism Alliance (TA), said a park and ride could be up and running “quite quickly” and the council was “focused on developing the Mill Road site”.

She said: “Our need is becoming increasingly desperate [with i360 opening in the summer].”

A quarter of a million visitors are expected in the first three months of the i360 opening, with up to 800,000 visitors a year.

Ken Norman, the councillor for the Withdean ward, which encompasses Mill Road, said: “It’s a good idea for the city but whether it’s the right place is another matter.”

A 30-acre QLeisure site at Albourne, off the A23, continues to be suggested as a second location so eventually there would be capacity for 5,000 cars.

Councillor Robert Nemeth, an environment, transport and sustainability committee member, said: “With so many new attractions on the horizon it is necessary to again seriously consider park and ride.”

Committee chairman Gill Mitchell welcomed the bus company’s “commitment” to explore ideas but said it was too early to say how discussions would progress.

A SNPA spokesman said: “We have advised that any potential new car parking site on this scale within the national park is likely to be considered a major development and, as such, would face a number of significant hurdles. For sites outside of the national park we will give our consideration and comments as part of the formal consultation if and when a planning application is submitted.”

Over the years scores of sites have been suggested but plans have been shelved.

At present visitors are encouraged to park for free at the Withdean Sports Complex and pay standard fares on a number 27 bus nearby.

Technology to support wardens in Zone J parking trial

From The Argus

Parking wardens are taking up their crackdown on illegally parked motorists a gear or two by swapping two feet for four wheels.

Wardens will be patrolling Brighton roads in a camera car fitted with automatic number plate recognition technology during a two-week trial.

The new technology will be used to assist NSL wardens on foot to locate vehicles using out-of-date or fake parking permits as well as drivers who have over-stayed their tickets.

Parking wardens will use the information to check vehicles and issue a penalty charge notices.

The cameras also have the capability to identify untaxed cars but a council spokeswoman said that would not be included in the two-week trial.

The trial is being carried out in streets around Preston Park within the Area J residents’ parking scheme although council officers said there was no particular reason for choosing this area.

Motorists are being warned of the trial through signs in the streets.

The trial is being carried out by NSL at no cost to the council.

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the city’s environment and transport committee, said: “NSL asked us if we would host a short trial to see whether this technology could help our on-street parking and ensure a proper use of spaces.

“The technology will support, not replace parking attendants.”

Parking permit shake up could include direct debit and online payments

From Brighton & Hove News

Residents could be able to pay for parking permits online and via direct debit as part of a proposed review of the city council’s permit system.

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A range of tweaks to the current regime are being proposed in response to a survey carried out over the summer.

For full report click here.

Fiveways parking consultation results.

The results of the Fiveways parking consultation have been published, you can view them and supporting documents under item 23 here.

In brief, the intention is to create a new controlled parking zone around Fiveways, bounded by Hollingbury Park Terrace, Hollingbury Terrace, Hythe Road, and extending north to include Osborne Road. The relevant map is Enc. 2 under item 23.

It is envisaged that the scheme will operate Mon-Sun, 9am – 8pm in this area and will be subject to statutory consultation. Free, limited stay bays will replace the pay and display bays by the shops on Preston Drove.

Preston Ewatch Newsletter

From PCSO Simon Turvey –

Please find attached July’s Preston Ewatch.

As you may well be aware there is a proposal to introduce a Resident Parking Scheme in the Surrenden and Fiveways area, and a consultation on the proposals is underway. Responses have to be with the Council by 14th August. Charles Field who is in charge of the parking scheme will be attending next months LAT meeting on the 6th August 18:30 hrs at St Matthias Church Hall, Ditchling road. This will be an opportunity to raise any points in terms of the the propsal.

Kind regards,

Simon TURVEY PCSO 30668

NPT EAST BRIGHTON – Preston Area

Sussex House, Crowhurst Road, Brighton

Telephone 101 Ext. 558114. Email: simon.turvey@sussex.pnn.police.uk

www.sussex.police.uk Twitter: @sussex_police

Preston Ewatch July15

Parking Permit Consultation

The Council are conducting a survey into permit holders’ opinions regarding the current system.

They ask whether there would be a demand for 6 month permits and businesses are asked whether they would be interested in multi-zone permits.

There are also several questions regarding holders’ views on visitor permits:

  • Weekly permits?
  • Transferable permits?
  • Part or half day permits?
  • Ease of use
  • Number of permits per year.

There is also a space for general comments.