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Father refused parking permit to park 200m from Brighton home
A father-of-two has been refused a parking permit that will allow him to park 200m from his home.
Tim Healey, who lives in Preston Drove in Brighton, has found it “impossible” to park anywhere near his front door.
The council introduced Parking Scheme J on July 1 in the Preston Park area of Brighton, which has lead to vehicles avoiding restricted roads such as Stanford Avenue and pitching up on the restriction free roads like Preston Drove.
Mr Healey pleaded with the council to let him buy a permit to park in the restricted streets, but was told this was not an option and the scheme would be reviewed in February 2014.
He said: “I am now resigned to not being able to park near my house for at least a calendar year, which as a father-of-two is a nightmare.
“I would rather pay for a permit than be faced with the constant inconvenience of both having to park far away from my house or having to move my car before 9am at the weekend should I find a space to park in one of the new bays on Stanford Avenue.
“Being able to park near your house should be a council tax payer’s right and it’s one I am prepared to pay for in the form of a permit, but I was not offered this option.
“I am extremely disappointed with the council’s lack of consideration.”
The scheme was agreed at a transport committee in January this year as part of a Citywide parking review.
A council spokeswoman said: “Parking Scheme J was introduced in response to requests from local residents due to a number of parking and road safety issues.
“A majority of respondents to the consultation were in favour of a scheme which was agreed at Transport Committee.
‘Long time to wait’ “The council is aware that parking schemes can create displacement in adjacent areas, although to what level is often hard to predict.
“A new resident parking scheme priority timetable has been agreed as part of the Citywide Parking Review and we propose to conduct parking surveys later in the year followed by consultation in the Preston Drove area, with a view to implementation later in 2014 subject to the outcome of the consultation.
“The council appreciate this seems a long time to wait, but we are currently working on the implementation of recently agreed schemes and consultations across the city.”
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