More than 10,000 homes in Brighton and Hove are about to be asked for views on introducing residents’ parking into their areas, including the city centre’s ‘last free car park’.
Questionnaires will be sent out this week to about 8,000 homes in Hanover and Elm Grove, plus Craven Vale, asking if people want controlled parking, and if so over what time periods.
The forms will also show detailed maps of how a scheme would work. Residents will be asked whether they want any restrictions to operate all day or for limited hours. And they can say whether they would prefer schemes to operate Monday to Friday or Monday to Sunday. Any comments can also be added to survey forms.
Residents can also vote online, using a link given in the hard copy consultation form, or via the council’s online consultation portal.
However, the council says it will only be accepting one view from a household and unless that’s clear one way or the other there’s a likelihood it won’t be counted. It will also be checking for multiple entries from single sources, both electronically or on paper.
Four hundred homes in streets near Queen’s Park, Zone U, are also being asked if they want to change their current part-time restrictions to full-time. This follows a petition from residents complaining that it was difficult to park because streets were filling with non-residents’ cars outside two restricted periods, which end at 3pm.
In West Hove residents are being asked a second time if they want a parking scheme. They rejected one in 2013 except for a small section near Wish Park, which went ahead. Now residents in areas that turned the scheme down are asking the council to revive the idea as parking problems are increasing. Around 2,400 homes will get letters.
Consultation for Craven Vale, Area U and Hanover and Elm Grove starts on Thursday December 1. Information and forms are being posted out to homes, with a return deadline of January 13. West Hove is likely to go out shortly afterwards, with the same return date.
All consultations will include an option to reject any changes to parking controls. Results of the consultations will be reported to the environment committee on 14th March 2017.
Chair of the environment committee Cllr Gill Mitchell said: “As always we’re being guided by residents rather than imposing anything. Parking restrictions can reduce traffic and make areas more pleasant and safe, but ultimately it’s up to those who live there.”
More information about parking consultations, public exhibitions and how to give feedback is on the council website www.brighton-hove.gov.uk