Crackdown on verge parking in Brighton and Hove

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A crackdown scheme on vans parking on grass verges has been welcomed.

As part of its 2013/14 budget plans, Brighton and Hove City Council wants to take advantage of new Government rules and use £125,000 to set up two pilot schemes to clamp down on those mounting the kerb and leaving their cars there.

Any motorist caught in the dedicated zone at any time could be fined up to £70.The pilots, which will not start until after April, are due to be in Mile Oak, Portslade and areas of Patcham and Withdean.

Patcham ward councillor Geoffrey Theobald welcomed the move adding there had been an issue with van dwellers in Surrenden Road area of Brighton.

He added it took weeks for the local authority to move them on, sometimes through court orders, with the vehicles then just moving to neighbouring streets.

Coun Theobald said: “We have been asking for the Council and Police to take this issue seriously for some time and I’m pleased that they are now listening to local residents’ concerns.”

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7:48am Tue 15 Jan 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Why a dedicated zone? This goes on all over the city but at least in Coldean Lane the council spent tax payers money removing the green verges and paving over them creating nice parking areas for the residents on the pavements.
Now the green verges on the Lewes Road which were planted with flowers to brighten the area up have been ripped out for the new waste of money cycle lane.
Why a dedicated zone? This goes on all over the city but at least in Coldean Lane the council spent tax payers money removing the green verges and paving over them creating nice parking areas for the residents on the pavements. Now the green verges on the Lewes Road which were planted with flowers to brighten the area up have been ripped out for the new waste of money cycle lane. Maxwell's Ghost
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7:52am Tue 15 Jan 13

s&k says...

Wakefield Road anyone? Nightmare!
Wakefield Road anyone? Nightmare! s&k
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8:25am Tue 15 Jan 13

Indigatio says...

Van Dwellers, didn't know you had them in residential areas like this. In any event, it wont have much effect on them. The fine will be virtually impossible to enforce and even if the Council manage it they will not have the funds to pay it.
Van Dwellers, didn't know you had them in residential areas like this. In any event, it wont have much effect on them. The fine will be virtually impossible to enforce and even if the Council manage it they will not have the funds to pay it. Indigatio
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8:31am Tue 15 Jan 13

upsidedowntuctuc says...

OMG

Geoffrey you have just killed this in the water if the Greens find out this could be used against their Dog on Rope van dwellers ......
Enough to make Davey pop his cycle clips!
OMG Geoffrey you have just killed this in the water if the Greens find out this could be used against their Dog on Rope van dwellers ...... Enough to make Davey pop his cycle clips! upsidedowntuctuc
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9:18am Tue 15 Jan 13

tone__ says...

It is becoming more of a problem that cars and vans are using the loop-hole, i.e. that they can park outside their property, to park on the pavement along Portland Road (Northside, between Station Road and Westbourne Street) and Station Road (Westside, between the Station and Tesco’s).
This is a real problem as cars and vans are driving along the pavement, forward and reversing.
The pavement is not safe pedestrian only area any more.
One crosses the road and then has to avoid traffic on the pavement.
To gain access to their parking place they enter at the corners of each block and drive along the pavement.
The problem is growing, as more and more people take advantage of the free parking. This includes delivery trucks and vans who don’t park alongside the building but block the pavement. Even if it is only temporary parking, the fact is the pavements are becoming a roadway. Shop customers are now using the space on the pavement outside the shop as a customer car park.
It is not just the fact that the pavements are unsafe because of moving vehicles, but the traffic is also causing depressions in the pavement. More noticeable after it rains, when there are large puddles that make it difficult to navigate if you want to keep feet dry.
The 'free fo all pavement parking' along the stretch of Portland Road, next to the site where the Odeon/Bingo hall used to be is particularly dangerous. I’ve watched cars and vans negotiate around little children (west hove junior) rather than wait until the pavement is clear. It won't be long before a child is run over ~ while on the pavement.
It’s a nonsense. Pavements are for pedestrians full stop.
Even parking just two wheels on the pavement is unnecessary. Not only does is reduce the pavement width, sometimes making it difficult for wheelchairs and pushchairs to navigate but it is too leaves depressions for rain to collect and sometimes wrecks the kerbs.
Another problem that is growing is the disregard towards the highway code and parking restrictions. Not only are the yellow lines, particularly the double yellow lines areas being ignored, but everyday now I see people using the zig-zag line areas as clear spots for parking.
If you are a vehicle driver, it’s a free for all, free parking. If you are a pedestrian you are now unsafe on the pavement.
Let’s get back to the basic principal of ‘Pavements are for pedestrians and roads are for vehicles’.
It is becoming more of a problem that cars and vans are using the loop-hole, i.e. that they can park outside their property, to park on the pavement along Portland Road (Northside, between Station Road and Westbourne Street) and Station Road (Westside, between the Station and Tesco’s). This is a real problem as cars and vans are driving along the pavement, forward and reversing. The pavement is not safe pedestrian only area any more. One crosses the road and then has to avoid traffic on the pavement. To gain access to their parking place they enter at the corners of each block and drive along the pavement. The problem is growing, as more and more people take advantage of the free parking. This includes delivery trucks and vans who don’t park alongside the building but block the pavement. Even if it is only temporary parking, the fact is the pavements are becoming a roadway. Shop customers are now using the space on the pavement outside the shop as a customer car park. It is not just the fact that the pavements are unsafe because of moving vehicles, but the traffic is also causing depressions in the pavement. More noticeable after it rains, when there are large puddles that make it difficult to navigate if you want to keep feet dry. The 'free fo all pavement parking' along the stretch of Portland Road, next to the site where the Odeon/Bingo hall used to be is particularly dangerous. I’ve watched cars and vans negotiate around little children (west hove junior) rather than wait until the pavement is clear. It won't be long before a child is run over ~ while on the pavement. It’s a nonsense. Pavements are for pedestrians full stop. Even parking just two wheels on the pavement is unnecessary. Not only does is reduce the pavement width, sometimes making it difficult for wheelchairs and pushchairs to navigate but it is too leaves depressions for rain to collect and sometimes wrecks the kerbs. Another problem that is growing is the disregard towards the highway code and parking restrictions. Not only are the yellow lines, particularly the double yellow lines areas being ignored, but everyday now I see people using the zig-zag line areas as clear spots for parking. If you are a vehicle driver, it’s a free for all, free parking. If you are a pedestrian you are now unsafe on the pavement. Let’s get back to the basic principal of ‘Pavements are for pedestrians and roads are for vehicles’. tone__
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10:00am Tue 15 Jan 13

aat99 says...

this has been caused by the greens and cyclists ......
this has been caused by the greens and cyclists ...... aat99
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10:05am Tue 15 Jan 13

chilliman says...

The street light outside a friend's house was demolished recently by someone parking on the pavement. There's a school round the corner and the column has been hit frequently but not so hard as to break it. How do you miss a street light and hit it that hard that the swan neck top snapped off and the column was left leanig and broken off below ground. What damage was caused to the vehicle, and how was that still driveable. It will now be a few months before the light is replaced.
The street light outside a friend's house was demolished recently by someone parking on the pavement. There's a school round the corner and the column has been hit frequently but not so hard as to break it. How do you miss a street light and hit it that hard that the swan neck top snapped off and the column was left leanig and broken off below ground. What damage was caused to the vehicle, and how was that still driveable. It will now be a few months before the light is replaced. chilliman
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10:26am Tue 15 Jan 13

Indigatio says...

Parking restrictions are nothing to do with the Law and enforcement of the Law. They are only enforced in Brighton & Hove where there is a profit to be made. If there is no revenue opportunity they don't bother.
Parking restrictions are nothing to do with the Law and enforcement of the Law. They are only enforced in Brighton & Hove where there is a profit to be made. If there is no revenue opportunity they don't bother. Indigatio
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10:35am Tue 15 Jan 13

qm says...

aat99 wrote:
this has been caused by the greens and cyclists ......
inanity personified . . . . .
[quote][p][bold]aat99[/bold] wrote: this has been caused by the greens and cyclists ......[/p][/quote]inanity personified . . . . . qm
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12:19pm Tue 15 Jan 13

btnladbn2 says...

This will be interesting; we have had issues with parking on grass verges in warren road for the past three years. This has caused issues with people not being able to see safely when pulling out of driveways etc. reports have been sent to the police through operation Crackdown and to the council and nothing seems to be done, as they don’t see it as a problem, the saddest thing in the worst offender is a police officer.

Let’s watch this space
This will be interesting; we have had issues with parking on grass verges in warren road for the past three years. This has caused issues with people not being able to see safely when pulling out of driveways etc. reports have been sent to the police through operation Crackdown and to the council and nothing seems to be done, as they don’t see it as a problem, the saddest thing in the worst offender is a police officer. Let’s watch this space btnladbn2
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12:55pm Tue 15 Jan 13

FC says...

Indigatio wrote:
Parking restrictions are nothing to do with the Law and enforcement of the Law. They are only enforced in Brighton & Hove where there is a profit to be made. If there is no revenue opportunity they don't bother.
U WOT M8?

There's about £100,000 worth of potential parking ticket along the entire length of Western Road starting from Waitrose through to Palmeira Square. So why do I never see anyone getting ticketed there? Wardens WALK PAST! And when I asked them about it, they said they issue tickets via the street cameras. SO why do I see the same cars parked outside Tesco whilst Mummy runs in to get little Tarquin an organic muesli bar?
[quote][p][bold]Indigatio[/bold] wrote: Parking restrictions are nothing to do with the Law and enforcement of the Law. They are only enforced in Brighton & Hove where there is a profit to be made. If there is no revenue opportunity they don't bother.[/p][/quote]U WOT M8? There's about £100,000 worth of potential parking ticket along the entire length of Western Road starting from Waitrose through to Palmeira Square. So why do I never see anyone getting ticketed there? Wardens WALK PAST! And when I asked them about it, they said they issue tickets via the street cameras. SO why do I see the same cars parked outside Tesco whilst Mummy runs in to get little Tarquin an organic muesli bar? FC
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2:07pm Tue 15 Jan 13

fab5482 says...

Mears are persistent offenders for parking on the curb/pavement, never mind the public.
Mears are persistent offenders for parking on the curb/pavement, never mind the public. fab5482
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7:55am Wed 16 Jan 13

sussexguy says...

Parking on pavements is dangerous to pedestrians, and particularly to those with problems with sight. The vehicles wreck the paving, which then has to be renewed at ratepayers' expense, as well as ruining any grass verges (along with dog mess incidentally!).
Also, why are there always cars parked illegally close to the traffic lights at the junction of Church Road and The Drive, as well as those double parked along the seafront, outside the shops and pub, close to the King Alfred? In both cases they are a hazard to other road users. And why are there always vehicles parked on double yellow lines in Davigdor Road, as well as on corners around Montefiore Road on Sundays? I once asked a traffic warden this question and was told that the owners had special dispensation from the council. Oh really? On what grounds, I wonder. And how does one go about getting this special dispensation?
Parking on pavements is dangerous to pedestrians, and particularly to those with problems with sight. The vehicles wreck the paving, which then has to be renewed at ratepayers' expense, as well as ruining any grass verges (along with dog mess incidentally!). Also, why are there always cars parked illegally close to the traffic lights at the junction of Church Road and The Drive, as well as those double parked along the seafront, outside the shops and pub, close to the King Alfred? In both cases they are a hazard to other road users. And why are there always vehicles parked on double yellow lines in Davigdor Road, as well as on corners around Montefiore Road on Sundays? I once asked a traffic warden this question and was told that the owners had special dispensation from the council. Oh really? On what grounds, I wonder. And how does one go about getting this special dispensation? sussexguy
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