Cars using widened pavements as parking spaces

A picture sent to Cllr Tom Druitt showing a car parked on a widened pavement in East Street

Drivers are parking cars on pavements widened to help with social distancing in the city centre.

Pavements were widened in June as part of the government-led programme, were ready for when more shops started reopening across the country.

In Brighton, wider pavements in Middle Street, Duke Street, Ship Street, Prince Albert Street and East Street in the Lanes and along London Road and St James’s Street.

East Street is also a pedestrian zone from 11am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday.

Green councillor Tom Druitt was contacted by a resident who shared photographs of barriers used to mark out the wider pavements moved out of the way parked cars on 27 June.

During the last weekend, drivers ignored the 11am road closure, and the social distancing barriers were “in pieces”.

The wider pavement area was full of signs, tables and chairs, which still require a highway licence, even though city councillors have agreed these should be free during the pandemic period.

Councillor Druitt said: “The issue in East Street is not just antisocial parking restricting social distancing, it’s antisocial parking plus A-boards on narrow pavements, meaning wheelchair access is impossible.

Green councillor for Preston Park ward, Siriol Hugh-Jones was shocked to find vehicles parked up on the new wide pavements in London Road, on Friday 10 July.

She said: “Despite social-distancing restrictions becoming more relaxed, it is still advisable that we maintain a distance from those around us, for everyone’s protection and to restrict the burden on the NHS.

“The council has successfully applied for government funding for temporary measures to create more space for pedestrians and cyclists to move around the city safely.

“But the protections afforded by these measures are completely undermined when drivers simply use the expanded pavements as off-street parking.”

The city council received £663,000 from the Department of Transport’s Urgency Response Transport Action Plan, to pay for various temporary measures to improve “active travel” ie walking and cycling in the city.

Labour councillor Anne Pissaridou, chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee said: “We have made a number of changes to help the city reopen healthier, safer and stronger, including new temporary cycle lanes and widening pavements.

“We are aware that there has been a recent issue with pavement parking in the city and have been issuing warning notices to vehicles parked on the pavement since the changes.

“Signs in the area will be replaced and any vehicles continuing to park there may be issued with a penalty charge notice.

“We all need to help each other through this time, so that the reopened Brighton and Hove is safe for everyone, so I would urge everyone to follow the guidance on the new signs and not to park on pavements in the city.”

  1. Paul J Williams Reply

    No public consultation on this. No provision for elderly, disabled, delivery or other access vehicles, including wedding cars transporting couples to and from Town Hall Registry Office.
    Nothing ‘temporary’ about it!
    Think Tom Druitt will find that under Article 61 of Magna Carta, subjects are entitled to practice mass civil disobedience against unjust new laws until they are amended.
    Hope there is some mass ignoring of any ensuing parking fines. And compensation to traders for lost trade.

  2. Twn Sion Cati Reply

    Not this myth again. There is no such thing as Article 61 of Magna Carta – or rather there was but it was removed before the articles became enshrined in English law in 1297. In fact, it was removed in 1216, so it was an article that lasted about a year.

    It’s still invoked from time to time by people who want to evade their responsibilities as citizens, but there’s no legal basis for this belief.

  3. Valerie Reply

    Pity cllrs cd care less about pavement parking on dangerously fractured & narrow pavements beyond any of the ‘new projects’ zones.

    Clarendon Rd pavement, opposite Sounds, from Ethel St to Goldstone Villas is hazardous to use & unpassable when the coffee shop van & Sounds customers are routinely parked there. Decades old problem & BHCC does NOTHING!

  4. Samantha Reply

    Get the traffic wardens out then

  5. bradly23 Reply

    indeed, “We all need to help each other through this time, so that the reopened Brighton and Hove is safe for everyone” including the disabled: many disability bays have been tarmacked out to allow what? more tables and chairs? chatting and milling spaces in areas which people have then getting funneled into the original pavement? and does the £663,000 include the re-instatement of the parking later when the corona-fuss is over? it all reeks of filth…

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