Higher parking charges to be put to a vote

Those with second cars face paying £240 for parking permits if councillors vote to put up the charge.

A review of fees is due to be discussed by Brighton and Hove City Council members next week.

A report to the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee proposed a £30 increase in the fee for second cars and £50 more for third cars in areas with resident parking schemes. Parking permits for third cars would go up to £360.

Single resident parking permits are earmarked to increase by £10 to £175, with a 50 per cent discount for low-emission vehicles but a 75 per cent surcharge for high-emission vehicles.

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In areas with “high demand”, third car permits would go up by 56 per cent, taking the cost from £395 to £460.

A 5 per cent increase is proposed for annual and three-month traders’ permits, taking the cost to £800 for a year – and £245 for three months.

Tariffs in council-owned car parks look set to go up by an average of 15 per cent.

In the report, the charges at Brighton’s most expensive car park, in The Lanes, are recommended to rise from £4 to £4.50 for an hour and from £17.50 to £20 for four hours.

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If councillors do not agree with the recommendations when they meet on Tuesday (18 January), the proposed increases are scheduled to go before the council’s Policy and Resources Committee on Thursday 10 February.

The review of fees and charges form part of the annual budget process as the council prepares its tax and spending plans for the 2022-23 financial year which starts in March.

The report said that any surplus generated from parking charges would be invested in concessionary bus fares, bus subsidies, the local transport plan and environmental improvements.

It said: “Improving air quality is a key objective for Brighton and Hove City Council. As part of a range of measures to improve air quality such as the Low Emission Zone, parking charges can also help to encourage less polluting travel options and reduce emissions.

“In addition, congestion across the city can affect the reliability of journey times and long-term parking can reduce accessibility and the turnover of spaces.

“Better accessibility through a high turnover of vehicles being parked helps to support local businesses.

“Parking charges can help to encourage alternative transport choices and higher turnover of spaces.

“Penalty charge notices (PCNs) are set by central government and cannot be changed independently.”

The council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee is due to meet at Hove Town Hall at 4pm next Tuesday. The meeting is scheduled to be webcast on the council’s website.

  1. Greens out Reply

    Well there’s only one way that vote is going. What a surprise.

  2. Simon Philips Reply

    When parking permits were put to the people in Lewes Road Brighton, they polled 3,000 people. Only 210 people bothered to reply to this ‘consultation’ whether they wanted parking permits. 165 (probably not car driving Green Voting Students), voted yes. Because of this ‘so-called democratic’ vote, 3,000 people now had to pay that parking charge of (I believe at the time was £160) just to park pursued their own homes which was free!

    I said said at the time, the only direction this charge was going to go was up.
    And I was right wasn’t I!
    The Greens have to be voted out as they don’t care about attracting business or keeping Brightonians (who have lived in Brighton all their lives), or visitors to Brighton from using the town centre!
    But that isn’t likely to happen as the Greens are continuously increasing their vote by gerrymandering the vote by allowing the continuous building of student accommodations!

    • Vince Reply

      A consultation is not a vote.

  3. fed-up with brighton politics Reply

    I have no idea which flavour of council this now was (Labour or Greens), but some years back they decided to consult on putting communal bins in our street, rather than collecting rubbish from outside the premises. They were still going to collect black box recycling, but that went out of the window too. There was a very bare majority in favour of the communal bins (but hardly anyone bothered to vote anyway, as we have a fair few HMOs, whose occupants couldn’t care less) and the locations of these bins were swiftly moved away from where they were promised to be in the consultation and are now in inconvenient places, highly exposed to very filthy weather, especially in winter.

    Same with parking permits – this was imposed on us more or less (I don’t have a car so am innocent in that respect), but had to pay for visitors’ permits, the price of which has just risen and risen – they go out of date, you can’t get refunds and they get binned in the end – as has been the case with all the Covid restrictions.

    Something – a lot – has to change with this Council – and I include the paid executives and officers in that.

    Simon, what flavour of councillors do you have up in your area?

  4. John Hope Reply

    Traders permit charges gone from £875 to £1400 what a joke how can they justify that increase.
    I am a gas and heating engineer with 50 years experience, as i work part time now its not worth trading, probably going to retire, my customers are going to be gutted as they rely on me to to a good job and keep their gas and heating equipment in good order.

  5. Patrick Miller Reply

    Well that’s this so called coalition for you doing what they want never mind about the tax paying residents who live here and have to live with their failure

  6. Helen Reply

    In an effort to reduce car use, congestion and pollution lets spend £5m on revamping Stanmer Park and put in additional car parks and pay meters.
    Lets not support a local Bus operator who planned to run a Park and Ride.
    Why don’t we take out a roundabout and put in Traffic Lights that we already agree with create more congestion and pollution.

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