1 October 2014

New schemes to ease parking problems for residents

Three new residents' parking schemes in Brighton & Hove are set to be approved to help people to park nearer their homes.

Two of the schemes – Bakers Bottom and Wish Park – are extensions to existing 'light touch' areas where restrictions are for one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon or evening.

Of those who responded to the consultation, 77.8% of residents in Brighton’s Bakers Bottom area were in favour of an extension to the Area U parking scheme. If approved by the environment, transport and sustainability committee on 7 October, the new scheme of four roads (Bute Street, Rochester Street, Hendon Street and Livingstone Street) will come into operation on 10 November. The restrictions would be Monday to Saturday, 10-11am and 2-3pm. Verge parking will be tackled at the same time, with enforcement taking place on the east side of Queensway.

The other scheme awaiting final go-ahead is in the Lewes Road Triangle area – an extension of the existing Area J residents' parking zone. As well as residents having difficulties parking, emergency service vehicles currently have access problems due to congestion and pavement parking.

A total of 61% who responded to the consultation were in favour of the new scheme. If approved, the Lewes Road Triangle parking area would start on 1 December and operate between 9am and 8pm Monday to Sunday.

A total of nine cycle parking places with space for up to 10 bikes in each would be provided as part of the two extended schemes. This is in response to households telling the council that they have more bikes than cars.

Councillors will also consider giving the green light to designing a new parking scheme in the Wish Park area of Hove. Of those who gave their views, 75% said they wanted a residents' parking scheme in their area and most of those would like 'light touch' enforcement. The proposal is to extend the current Area W scheme which operates between 10-11am and 7-8pm Monday to Saturday. 

Of those who responded to the consultation that took place in Bolsover Road, 92.5% of residents were in favour of an extension to the Area R parking scheme in their road. Proposals include widening the road and introducing a one way system in Bolsover Road running north to south.

Councillor Pete West, chair of the environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “The council has worked hard to tailor these individual schemes to the needs of residents and businesses.

“All the schemes have been drawn up at the request of residents and ward councillors and are designed to ease parking pressure for people living in these areas, improve access and provide a better environment.”

The resident permit costs cover enforcement of the schemes and ongoing maintenance. Any surplus is reinvested into road, travel and transport improvements in the city.

Read the reports for the environment, transport and sustainability committee