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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.

Petition to allow 30 mins free parking in Preston Drove

Fiveways Traders Association have launched a petition to allow up to 30 minutes free parking for their customers.

“We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to amend the Zone J pay and display parking scheme to allow free short term parking for customers visiting Preston Drove businesses. We are requesting specifically that free parking should be allowed for up to 30 minutes with no return within 2 hours

Introduction of Pay & Display parking in Preston Drove has had a detrimental impact on trade for businesses in the area.

We believe that allowing customers to park for free for the first 30 minutes of their stay will encourage shoppers to return to regular use of local shops. We understand that precedent has already been set, as such a scheme currently operates in Matlock Road.

We would hope that this option would also be considered when the new zoned parking to the North of Preston Drove is operational.”

Many parking charges to rise under new plan

From The Argus, full story here

Parking charges in some areas of the city are set to double if new proposals are accepted.

The planned set of charges has been published by Brighton and Hove City Council ahead of a decision on January 20.

As well as an increase in fees at most of the local authority’s car parks, there is also a planned widespread rise in permit fees.

Most on-street parking charges will also go up.

One hour of parking at the council’s Regency Square, Trafalgar Street and The Lanes car parks would increase from £1 for the first hour to £2 (100%).

There are other proposed increases across the car parks with two hours at Trafalgar Street up £3.50 to £4 (14.3%), four hours up £6 to £7 (16.7%) and an hour at the weekend up from £2 to £2.50 (25%).

However, there are falls in charges at Regency Square car park with two hours down from £5 to £4 (-20.0%) and four hours falling from £12 to £7 (-41.7%).

Meanwhile a quarterly season ticket would fall from £650 to £300 (–53.8%) and an annual season ticket from £2,000 to £1,000 (–40.0%).

The proposals also include a fall in quarterly season tickets at Trafalgar Street from £1,000 to £400 (–60.0%) and annual season tickets down £2,000 to £1,200 (–40.0%).

However, there is little else in the way of savings for motorists with residents also facing a rise in the cost of parking permits.

If the plans are accepted, a one year permit would increase from £120 to £125 (4.2%) with visitor day permits going up 7.7% from £2.60 to £2.80.

Much of the city’s pay–and–display parking will also increase above inflation if the proposals are accepted.

The changes include an increase in one hour tickets in Madeira Drive, west of Madeira Lift, Marine Parade and King’s Road, from £3 to £3.20 (6.7%).

Elsewhere two hours will increase from £4 to £4.20 (5.0%) along Kingsway east of Fourth Avenue, Central Brighton North (Cheapside and The Level), New Steine, and Madeira Drive east of Madeira Lift.

The proposals will be discussed and voted on at the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee on January 20.

It is predicted the changes would raise an extra £800,000 for the council. The extra cash would be put towards other transport schemes.

Last year the local authority raised £25.8 million from its parking operations – the highest out of any council in the country outside London.

The £11 million profit was used to fund concessionary bus travel, road maintenance, road safety and public transport improvements.

Members of the council’s Conservative group have slammed the proposed above inflation increases – describing them as “counterproductive”.

Councillor Graham Cox, group transport spokesman, said: “The proposed increases are completely inappropriate and are a further blow to residents, businesses and visitors in the city who have already had to put up with huge increases in previous years.

“We will do everything we can to try and reverse these proposed hikes and to put an end to the parking rip–off reputation that Brighton and Hove has unfortunately gained in recent years.”

Coun Ann Norman said the council was “blind” to the fact it would drive visitors away.

The council’s Labour group also spoke out against the proposals.

Coun Gill Mitchell, the party’s environment spokesman, said: “We have always been clear that above–inflation price increases to parking charges are unacceptable and we are astounded to see the Greens propose 100% increases to some charges.”

Green coun Ian Davey, the council’s lead member for transport and chairman of the environment, transport and sustainability committee, pointed out many prices would be frozen.

He said: “The Conservatives are again choosing to ignore the fact that for the third year running many prices are frozen and others, following last year’s price cuts, are going down again by over 50%.

“We reduced the one hour rate in city centre car parks in 2012, even with this proposed increase they remain 20% cheaper than the Tories’ charges when they were last in power.”

Among the charges to be frozen include all charges other than the one hour fare in The Lanes car park and one hour parking across the council’s medium and low zone pay–and–display.

However, Steve Percy, of the People’s Parking Protest, said the proposals were worrying for residents and businesses.

He said: “We are spending more than we are taking and the poor motorist is paying the cost.

“The motorist is paying for everything but getting the least space on the road. The bicycle lanes are getting wider and everything has to be paid for by the motorists – it is unfair.”

Council looks at new parking zones

From The Argus

MORE controlled parking measures could be rolled out across the city sparking fury among some residents.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s report highlights the high demand for new residents’ parking schemes, with 45 separate requests for a scheme north of Preston Drove in the last year and a number of requests for controlled parking in Hanover and Elm Grove, north of Hove Park, South Portslade and East Brighton.

It recommends that surveys in part of Withdean and Preston Park north of Preston Drove take place early next year, and to look at Hanover and Hove Park areas in the second part of 2015.

The report, due to be discussed at a meeting of the transport committee said: “Parking controls are essential to keep traffic moving and provide access to residents, visitors and businesses.

“There is parking pressure in the area and a number of requests have been received from local residents supported by four ward councillors.

“It is the recommendation of officers that in order to assess parking and road safety concerns these proposals are proceeded with.”

Withdean ward councillors Ken and Ann Norman have been canvassing residents in the streets north of Preston Drove about their views on controlled parking, but said they had not been contacted by council officers prior to the publication of the report.

Mr Norman said: “We have been privately consulting residents in Bates Road, Loder Road, Herbert Road, Surrenden Road and the surrounding area – not for the council but as a private consultation to find out what people want – because we heard a rumour about this.

“We are working very hard to work out what people want and are upset that we weren’t told about this report. We are still adding the results up but it looks like it’s wavering towards people being against controlled parking.”

Hanover residents have strongly objected to proposals for a residents parking zone in the past and the council pledged to curb pavement parking in Elm Grove, before announcing it would postpone enforcement, then launching a crackdown.

Hanover resident James Wallin added: “I would reluctantly welcome the introduction of resident parking permits in Hanover.

“While I principally object to this extra charge on top of ever increasing council tax I am sick and tired of having to drive around and around the narrow streets of Hanover at the end of the working day.

“The greed of successive council administrations has seen resident parking zones cover almost the entire city, forcing the few remaining areas to cope with the fallout.

“The recent bizarre insistence that parking on the pavement along parts of Elm Grove (be penalised), despite ample room for cars and pedestrians, has exacerbated the problem even more in Hanover.

“However, as part of any review of parking I would also like the council to break down exactly why the charges for these permits are set so high.

“I have never been able to understand how painting a few lines and extending a parking warden’s beat can justify charging £120 per space.”

The report also showed waiting lists for residents’ parking permits have halved over the last year thanks to residents switching to other forms of transport, according to a council report.

An update to the citywide parking review says that bus passenger numbers have increased and car ownership is now the lowest in the South East.

Coun Pete West, chair of the environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “The parking review has enabled us to gather useful information about parking trends and the views of residents and businesses from different parts of the city.

“This is helping us tailor services to specific needs and integrate parking with the rest of transport to improve services for everyone.”

The report is due to be discussed by the Environment, Sustainability and Transport Committee.

Lewes Road Triangle Parking Consultation

From The Argus:

More than a dozen streets could see new parking restrictions introduced in a matter of months.

A consultation has been launched into a proposed parking scheme within the Lewes Road Triangle following a city wide review by Brighton and Hove City Council.

Among the proposals are plans to introduce resident permit parking along Upper Lewes Road and nearby streets, introducing double yellow lines and possibly introducing pay and display machines in the area.

The council hopes the plan could help tackle double parking on the narrow streets as well as stopping drivers parking on pavements, making pedestrians walk out in to the road to get past, and improve cycle safety.

It is also hoped the plan could help traffic flow and access for emergency vehicles.

The scheme would be in place between 9am and 8pm from Monday to Sunday and provide parking bays for residents and visitors and for businesses on the affected roads.

A six-week consultation is currently taking place with residents and businesses and a full report is expected to go before the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee on July 1.

Local opinion appeared to be split when The Argus visited. Some said it would free up parking for those who needed it most while others claimed it would simply drive the problems further down the road.

Jackie Jones, who lives in Upper Lewes Road, said: “I’m not in favour of parking restrictions or permits because they just drive the problem on to somewhere else and isn’t a help at all.”

Student Flora Miskin added the only time she’s ever experienced a problem is when her parents visit. She said: “It’s probably not a good idea to introduce restrictions.”

Business owners also spoke out against the proposals. A spokesman for Deacon and Richardson architects said the yellow lines currently in place on one side of Upper Lewes Road had caused him to consider relocating his business.

Councillor Pete West, chairman of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said: “As with all consultations it is an opportunity for the community to give their views on the various parking problems they experience on a daily basis and allow us to find the most practical way forward to alleviate them.”