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Free Sunday parking campaign gathers momentum

The Argus: Free Sunday parking campaign gathers momentum Free Sunday parking campaign gathers momentum

A Liberal Democrat call for free parking in Brighton and Hove on Sundays has won some support from Labour and Conservative councillors.

A petition to waive parking fees for motorists one day a week collected 1,282 signatures and was presented to Brighton and Hove City Council’s full council meeting last night.

Liberal Democrat campaigner Jeremy Gale, who presented the petition, said introducing the measure would help the local economy by encouraging people to visit the area, and would save residents money.

In opposition to the plans, Green councillor Ian Davey said: “Far from improving the local economy, it is far more likely free parking would cause significant long-term damage.”

Despite councillors at Hove Town Hall last night claiming they could not support a blanket introduction, Conservative members agreed for the proposal to be discussed at the council’s policy and resources committee and for a full report to be compiled by a council officer investigating the cost of the scheme.

Conservative councillor Graham Cox said: “We’re not able to support the idea that there should be blanket free car parking on Sunday.

“But I think there’s some space for under-used car parks like Norton Road.”

The party was supported by Labour’s Gill Mitchell.

The Conservative amendment to refer the issue to a future committee was passed by 29 votes to 21.

Following the decision Mr Gale labelled the outcome “the best result”.

He said: “The amendment allows officers to go away and determine the costs both in terms of full free Sunday parking but also for partial measures. It’s a clear indication that despite having no political representation in the city the Lib Dems are still setting the agenda.

“The council has no control over the price of bus or train tickets and we have seen this week that yet another increase in bus fares is planned. So the council needs to tackle the only area where it can exercise control, the cost of parking.”

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6:56am Fri 28 Mar 14

rogerthefish says...

Why, it's only tourists who come into town on Sunday and its mainly full up anyway-the council will only put it up during the week to make up the shortfall to the detriment of us the residents-gun and foot comes to mind.
Why, it's only tourists who come into town on Sunday and its mainly full up anyway-the council will only put it up during the week to make up the shortfall to the detriment of us the residents-gun and foot comes to mind. rogerthefish
  • Score: 7

8:01am Fri 28 Mar 14

john newman says...

Very short sighted. The roads probably even more clogged up. We already have so many so called 'events' on a Sunday in this city that jam up traffic. Car boots and Marina bound traffic now cause major traffic problems at Wilsons Avenue on a Sunday lunchtime. The answer is a proper 21 st century transport infrastructure. A proper bus station and train services that do not every Sunday seem to be affected by some 'improvement'!
Very short sighted. The roads probably even more clogged up. We already have so many so called 'events' on a Sunday in this city that jam up traffic. Car boots and Marina bound traffic now cause major traffic problems at Wilsons Avenue on a Sunday lunchtime. The answer is a proper 21 st century transport infrastructure. A proper bus station and train services that do not every Sunday seem to be affected by some 'improvement'! john newman
  • Score: 8

8:44am Fri 28 Mar 14

HJarrs says...

Once the Liberals had a good record on the environment. They have been lacklustre in government and Jeremy Gale demonstrates that locally they have no idea and the quality of life of residents and preventing degradation of the environment have a low priority.

To encouage yet more cars into the city (and in summer months this is not even possible!) while denying parking revenue, that is being used to give people more environmentally responsible transport choice, is irresponsible. Most people walk, cycle, bus or take a train to the city centre and these should be encouraged.

However, keep going Jeremy, it splits the moanerati vote thanks.
Once the Liberals had a good record on the environment. They have been lacklustre in government and Jeremy Gale demonstrates that locally they have no idea and the quality of life of residents and preventing degradation of the environment have a low priority. To encouage yet more cars into the city (and in summer months this is not even possible!) while denying parking revenue, that is being used to give people more environmentally responsible transport choice, is irresponsible. Most people walk, cycle, bus or take a train to the city centre and these should be encouraged. However, keep going Jeremy, it splits the moanerati vote thanks. HJarrs
  • Score: -3

8:58am Fri 28 Mar 14

Phani Tikkala says...

Davey - "significant long term damage"

WHAT A LOAD OF COBBLERS
Davey - "significant long term damage" WHAT A LOAD OF COBBLERS Phani Tikkala
  • Score: -1

9:45am Fri 28 Mar 14

TomPaine says...

Desperate stuff from the LibDems. I doubt they will ever regain a foothold in this city.
Desperate stuff from the LibDems. I doubt they will ever regain a foothold in this city. TomPaine
  • Score: 3

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