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Brighton and Hove residents raking it in by renting out their driveways
Dozens of residents are making thousands of pounds renting out their driveways.
As parking charges soar, more than 100 people in Sussex are renting offstreet parking spots for anything from £5 to £25 per day.
The internet-matching scheme has been championed as a way to beat congestion, pay less and has Government backing.
Nearly 800 residents are advertising their drive, making up to £3,650 a year via parkatmyhouse.com by charging £10 a day.
But one Brighton and Hove resident stands to make up to £9,000 annually on a single city-centre driveway after renting it out for £25 a day.
The fees compare favourably with the top-five city centre car parks which all charge £25 for 24 hours.
Care assistant Merla Hobbs, 41, who charges £4.50 per day to park at her home on Manor Close, Whitehawk, said: “It’s really good for me because I’m on a low income and so to have a driveway being rented helps me catch up with my bills.
“I think because parking is expensive it’s helped me. Sometimes people want to leave their car for a few days while they visit Brighton.
“It’s safe and convenient. And every little helps.”
Student Eleanor Goldson, 22, who lives with her mother in Bonchurch Road, near Elm Grove, said: “It’s a nice bit of extra income.
“Most of the time the drive is booked up.“ I’m a student so it’s very helpful with living costs. I think it’s a great idea.”
Alex Stephany, CEO of parkatmyhouse.com, said: “Parking is a nightmare in Brighton as every driver and shop owner knows.
“This is about people helping each other out.
“It’s great to see that the progressively- minded Brighton population are embracing it in their thousands.”
Some 1,025 city customers have joined the scheme with 5,364 members across Sussex.
The Government recently encouraged councils not to tax residents for renting out their private parking spaces.
Local government minister Eric Pickles accused some councils of charging planning application costs of £385 and threatening fines of up to £20,000 if householders did not apply.
But Brighton and Hove City Council said it had no policy on residents renting out their driveways.
The council made a surplus of £14.5 million on parking charges last year – the highest figure outside London.
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