Hove residents told ‘vote for CPZ or we’ll remove your single yellows’

Residents opposed to a new parking zone were given an ultimatum – vote for the scheme or the council will remove the single yellow lines already in their roads.

A new residents’ parking zone is proposed for streets east of Hove Park where there are now single yellow lines with a one-hour parking restriction to prevent long-term stays.

But after people living in  Hove Park Road, Shirley Drive, Orpen Road, Shirley Road, Rigden Road and Lloyd Road voted no, they were told the single yellow line restrictions would be removed whether they voted for or against the zone.

Run for Great Ormond Street Hospital

A report going before Brighton and Hove City Council Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee says the council would “not be in a position to continue with the single yellow line restriction alongside a resident parking scheme”.

The report said: “If residents do not wish to be part of the proposed parking scheme, the single yellow line restriction would be removed and the area will be unrestricted.

“If a parking scheme is approved and implemented in the neighbouring roads, it was outlined that there is a possibility of displacement of vehicles to their area due to the differing times of enforcement/hours of operation.”

Everyone living in the proposed zone was first consulted in June, where across the neighbourhood two thirds of those responding were in favour, and three quarters preferred a light touch scheme.

However, residents in the roads which had voted no were consulted again, with the ultimatum over the single yellows spelt out.

They were given until Friday 26 October to change their minds and they did, with 105 of 118 of those who responded voting for the new light touch zone.

In the report going before the committee on Tuesday 27 November, Hove Park Ward Councillors Jayne Bennet and Vanessa Brown, said they were happy to support the recommendations based on the resident’s wishes.

However, both were concerned about car parking shifting to areas outside the scheme and asked for extra parking restrictions such as double yellow lines to be considered outside the proposed zone.

In the consultation in June, 741 households responded, which works out as 56.7 per cent of people in the area.

The light touch would operate Monday to Friday 9-10am and 1-2 pm.

The area covered stretches from the Upper Drive to the east to the rear gardens of homes in Goldstone Crescent to the west and the rear boundaries of houses in Woodland Drive, Dyke Road and Old Shoreham Road.

Councillors are advised to approve the scheme when they meet in public at Hove Town Hall on Tuesday 27 November at 4pm.

  1. Rostrum Reply

    That sound like blackmail and shold be reported to
    The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

    https://www.lgo.org.uk/

  2. Fishwife, 49 Reply

    “Blackmail” is such a pejorative word, isn’t it? “Persuasion” slips off the tongue so much more easily.

  3. Hoveman Reply

    Not when it’s a threat….

  4. Rolivan Reply

    Just turn the whole City into a CPZ.

  5. Ian Alexander Reply

    CPZs do nothing but move the problem elsewhere. Every scheme leads to the displaced traffic moving further out from the city, which then leads to another CPZ. Nice earner for the Council, but doesn’t help with the parking problem. We need a more effective response that includes a park n ride out at Patcham, just off the A27/A23 junction to reduce the number of vehicles entering the city.

  6. gmail.com Reply

    Agree with Ian. The residents parking in some areas is ridiculous too, near my partners in five ways it is 11 hours a day restriction making it hard to park up and visit over there, that also doesn’t help anyone, it just divides communities. And the parking issue got pushed to Surrenden area. We need cheap reliable public transport in Brighton with useful routes. For example you cannot go east to west/ west to east by bus without having to go right through the centre of town. It is so slow that I never do it, I just drive. In London and other cites Ive lived in we have had much better and cheaper bus routes, that combined with really good park and ride would help

  7. Emma Reply

    Agree with Ian. The residents parking in some areas is ridiculous too, near my partners in five ways it is 11 hours a day restriction making it hard to park up and visit over there, that also doesn’t help anyone, it just divides communities. And the parking issue got pushed to Surrenden area. We need cheap reliable public transport in Brighton with useful routes. For example you cannot go east to west/ west to east by bus without having to go right through the centre of town. It is so slow that I never do it, I just drive. In London and other cites Ive lived in we have had much better and cheaper bus routes, that combined with really good park and ride would help

Leave a Reply

*