The Conservatives are calling on Brighton and Hove City Council to use the profits from parking charges to fund a cut in the price of traders’ permits.
Conservative councillor Lee Wares asked the council to consider the move at the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee last night (Tuesday 22 January).
He asked the Labour administration to consider using any future surplus to reduce the cost of trader permits in the Brighton and Hove.
He said: “The surplus last year was nearly £500,000 after transport project borrowing costs, concession bus passes and subsidised bus routes had been paid for.”
Speaking after the committee Councillor Wares said: “I am pleased that the council agreed to consider this.
“Conservatives will always back business and enterprise in the city and reducing trader permit costs will help our local economy thrive.
“If the council finds itself with a surplus that can be used to ease the pressure on local traders and their customers, then it makes absolute sense to pass that on.”