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Regency Square multi-storey car park’s income down after revamp
Business is booming as hundreds of thousands of people flock to the south coast – so why then is a recently-refurbished car park empty?
As part of £4.2 million investment, Brighton and Hove City Council spent money revamping the multi-storey in Regency Square, Brighton.
The local authority claimed the work would be self-financing as more people would use it.
But despite the multi-storey being just yards away from packed beaches and fully booked hotels, the three-floor car park has been far from full, as these pictures show.
Some are suggesting the high tariffs – £14 for up to four hours on weekends – may be driving motorists away.
The Argus can now reveal that official figures show transactions for April to July are down 15.6% compared to the same period in 2012.
Conservative councillor Graham Cox said the drop did not surprise him.
Coun Cox added: “I think the council needs to be a bit more innovative to get the use of the car park up.
“I appreciate that money was spent and they have to recoup it but they’re going about it the wrong way.
“It’s failing on every count at the minute.”
Roger Hinton, who lives in Regency Square, suggested the council could grant residents permits so they could use the car park.
He said: “When I first moved here there were very few cars around the square.
“As it is we have an underground car park in the middle of the square which is sitting empty and crowded streets above.”
A council spokeswoman said: “While we’re disappointed the figures are down, it’s not uncommon when car parks are refurbished as it takes time for drivers to realise the facility is fully open again.
“The tariffs still compare favourably to the nearby NCP on Russell Road which is priced at £18 for four hours all week.
“We have retained the heavily discounted rates of £1 for the first hour (weekdays) and £4.50 for evening parking between 6pm and midnight and an excellent overnight rate of £10 (4pm-11am) which is cheaper than other multi-storey car parks in Brighton.”
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