Parking permits could be implemented in Hanover and Elm Grove by next summer – but only if enough residents and businesses give the go ahead.
Last autumn, 70% of people responding to a survey in the area said parking was a problem, and more than half said commuter parking was a contributing factor.
Now, the council is set to launch a consultation detailing a proposed scheme and asking whether it should be given the go ahead.
Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, Brighton and Hove’s cabinet member for the Environment said: “Following requests from motorists, ward councillors and other residents asking us to review parking in Hanover and Elm Grove, the workshops were held to make absolutely sure that there was a general desire for us to look at the issue.
“It will be interesting to see the results later this year and I strongly urge anyone who doesn’t want the scheme, just as much as those who do, to make sure that they have their say in the questionnaire.”
The proposal will be heard at Brighton and Hove City Council’s environment cabinet member meeting on March 25.
This discussion will cover a large area for residents to consider displacement and those experiencing parking difficulties such as residents near schools and other parking hotspots.
The results of the discussion will be reported to the Environment Cabinet Member where a decision will be made in late 2010 on whether to proceed to the final stage. If a scheme is approved the aim would be to have this operational by summer 2011.
Initial surveys to see what residents wanted were sent out to all households in Autumn last year and then followed up with two community consultations. Nearly 3,000 households, or one in three, responded.
- 70% said parking problems were regularly or sometimes experienced in their street
- 25% of streets said that pavement parking regularly occurred
- Over 80% of respondents have one car or less
- Nearly 90% of streets said they experience visitor parking regularly or sometimes in their street
- Over 50% of the streets experience commuter parking regularly or sometimes
- 60% of streets regularly or sometimes experience vehicles left for 2-3 weeks or more
The council is also proposing a review of the adjacent parking zones Area U (St Luke’s) and Area C (Queen’s Park), asking residents for their views on the current operation of their schemes including the time and days of operation.
The results of the consultation for all three locations will be considered in autumn this year.
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