16 March 2016

Residents support controlled parking as new areas are proposed

Controlled parking zones have won the approval of residents in Brighton & Hove - as the council is set to ask two more areas if they want a scheme.

A survey of recently-introduced zones J (Lewes Road Triangle), R (Bolsover Road) U (Bakers Bottom) and W (Wish park) drew just over 100 responses, with 67 per cent agreeing or strongly agreeing their scheme worked well for them.

The council's environment and transport committee last night (March 15 2016) agreed to canvass views in the Preston Village and Surrenden areas, as well as in West Hove.

It follows representations from residents concerned about being unable to park near their homes.

All households in Preston Village and Surrenden will get a leaflet next autumn asking whether they wanted restrictions all day, or for certain hours, or whether they wanted no change. They could also choose whether restrictions should apply all week or Monday to Friday.

The Preston Village area covers streets between the railway and the A23, from South Road up to Clermont Road. Surrrenden covers roads between Balfour Road and Surrenden Road – but not including the latter.

Residents in West Hove will be consulted on a similar basis in early 2017. The area is bounded by the A259 and the Worthing-bound railway, between Roman Road and Woodhouse Road in the east and St Leonard’s Road and Worcester Villas in the west.

In each case there would be an option of having limited free waiting or exclusive paid parking outside shops and services.

Meanwhile a scheme for Hollingbury Road and Ditchling Gardens will start on April 4 after no residents objected to a traffic order advertised in the area and local press.

Committee chair Cllr Gill Mitchell said: “We’re proposing this in response to residents’ requests. It seems that where schemes are introduced people do like them. Controlled parking can make streets more pleasant and safe and there’s the obvious benefit of not having to drive round and round looking for a space.”

On January 19 the council agreed to press ahead with a consultation in the Hanover and Elm Grove area of Brighton starting in early April, following residents’ requests.