Free parking encourages visitors to stay longer in Brighton and Hove

The Argus: Free parking encourages visitors to stay longer in Brighton and Hove Free parking encourages visitors to stay longer in Brighton and Hove

Visitors spent longer in Brighton and Hove over the weekend – with free parking encouraging them to stay and shop.

In the second Sunday of three in the lead up to Christmas drivers were treated to free parking at car parks in Trafalgar Street, High Street, London Road, Norton Road and Regency Square.

The Green administration had previously called the plans “anti-business” and warned of the potential costs, but a majority of councillors voted against them.

Richard Wood, 45, from Littlehampton said not having to pay for parking would encourage his family to have a meal in the city.

He added: “The price of parking absolutely affects whether I come to Brighton or not.

“I was really happy to find out it was free today, because usually the charges are too much. I’ve paid £18 to park here before.”

Ellie Pall, 19, from Bedford said: “We stayed in a hotel overnight and were planning to leave this morning.

“When we found out about the free parking we decided to stay in Brighton and do some shopping.”

But some shoppers complained the free parking was not well advertised and did not make up for parking charges through the rest of the year.

Gareth Newton, 29, from Uckfield said: “We don’t come to Brighton a lot because of the parking charges. They’re really ridiculous.”

As shoppers parked for free, traders welcomed a rise in business since the start free parking and last week’s Small Business Day, a national event aimed at promoting local and independent enterprises.

Robert Caulfield, 69, at Taylors Tobacconist on Bond Street said: “These last two weekends have been excellent.

“Havana cigars and shaving accessories are selling particularly well.”

Shop owners agreed that free parking had helped business. Abi Whiteaker-Durham, 22, and Cicely Drew, 18, who work at Gelato Gusto in North Laine said: “We’ve been really surprised at how well we’ve been doing the last few weekends.

“A lot of people seem to want ice cream even though it’s so cold and wet.”

Eric Danot, 62, at Bonzai-Ko on Sydney Street said: “It’s fluctuated a lot - last week was really good because of the free parking and yesterday was great, but today it’s been slow.”

Brighton Area Buswatch said traffic levels during the first free parking day, on Saturday December 7, were “similar to a normal Saturday”.

They added: “Brighton and Hove Buses were very busy and carried 5% more passengers than on the same Saturday last year, including an estimated 2,000 under 16s travelling free.

“So perhaps buses were the real success story that day. Small businesses please take note.”

Free parking will be available again on Sunday.

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11:30am Mon 16 Dec 13

Phani Tikkala says...

Just goes to show that Kitkat was talking out of his arse when he made a big melodrama about free parking.

And proves the Green idiots have absolutely zero interest in local businesses, instead pursuing a rabidly anti-car ideology.

Roll on May 2015…. if not sooner if the Labour party grow some balls to join with the tories and kick this lot out
Just goes to show that Kitkat was talking out of his arse when he made a big melodrama about free parking. And proves the Green idiots have absolutely zero interest in local businesses, instead pursuing a rabidly anti-car ideology. Roll on May 2015…. if not sooner if the Labour party grow some balls to join with the tories and kick this lot out Phani Tikkala

11:32am Mon 16 Dec 13

Fight_Back says...

So all the Greens scare stories of gridlock and people not being able to park were just that ............ scare stories !!!

Add in their clearly ridiculous stats for the Lewes Road "improvements" ( 15 minutes from Falmer to the Old Steine ?????? ) and their recent proclamation of their achievements and you can see what a bunch of misguided liars they really are.
So all the Greens scare stories of gridlock and people not being able to park were just that ............ scare stories !!! Add in their clearly ridiculous stats for the Lewes Road "improvements" ( 15 minutes from Falmer to the Old Steine ?????? ) and their recent proclamation of their achievements and you can see what a bunch of misguided liars they really are. Fight_Back

12:42pm Mon 16 Dec 13

tom servo says...

Where are the likes of HJarrs? ....... yeah that's what I thought!
Where are the likes of HJarrs? ....... yeah that's what I thought! tom servo

12:44pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Mark63 says...

How lovely to read a piece about FREE parking! Long may it continue!
How lovely to read a piece about FREE parking! Long may it continue! Mark63

1:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bug eye says...

it was always obvious this scheme would improve the economy of the city so parking should be free or a simple £1 flat rate every sunday from oct to march, with reduced rates on other days too in our otherwise empty council car parks, people will visit more spend more and revenue will actually increase, clearly it will encourage lower bus fares and ncp chargers too, simple economics. traffic only becomes more of a problem during the summer months when rates could be increased in line with other cities/seaside resorts. a balance needs to be struck whilst a park and ride solution is found.
it was always obvious this scheme would improve the economy of the city so parking should be free or a simple £1 flat rate every sunday from oct to march, with reduced rates on other days too in our otherwise empty council car parks, people will visit more spend more and revenue will actually increase, clearly it will encourage lower bus fares and ncp chargers too, simple economics. traffic only becomes more of a problem during the summer months when rates could be increased in line with other cities/seaside resorts. a balance needs to be struck whilst a park and ride solution is found. bug eye

4:38pm Mon 16 Dec 13

NickBtn says...

We should have reduced parking charges midweek, especially during the winter months. This would really help the many small restaurants

How about a cheap parking scheme in January during the evening?

This free parking, despite the green protestations, has been shown to work. So lets have more of it at quieter times of week (esp. midweek) and year (esp. winter) to help businesses. More revenue, more jobs.

However if the Lewes Road statistics are anything to go by, expect an announcement soon from the greens that all roads were gridlocked, shops got no money......
We should have reduced parking charges midweek, especially during the winter months. This would really help the many small restaurants How about a cheap parking scheme in January during the evening? This free parking, despite the green protestations, has been shown to work. So lets have more of it at quieter times of week (esp. midweek) and year (esp. winter) to help businesses. More revenue, more jobs. However if the Lewes Road statistics are anything to go by, expect an announcement soon from the greens that all roads were gridlocked, shops got no money...... NickBtn

5:34pm Mon 16 Dec 13

her professional says...

Hardly conclusive evidence yet - a bloke from Littlehampton and a couple of small traders from North Laine ( glad they are doing well). posters so far are also conveniently ignoring the second part of the story which has some concrete statistical evidence, namely a 5% increase in bus journeys. Based on over 100000 journeys a day, that's an extra 5000 shoppers by bus, surely better than that number all coming in bY car.
Hardly conclusive evidence yet - a bloke from Littlehampton and a couple of small traders from North Laine ( glad they are doing well). posters so far are also conveniently ignoring the second part of the story which has some concrete statistical evidence, namely a 5% increase in bus journeys. Based on over 100000 journeys a day, that's an extra 5000 shoppers by bus, surely better than that number all coming in bY car. her professional

5:55pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Telscombe Cliffy says...

That bloke they interviewed above from Uckfield could have come in by train if they would hurry up and put the track back down. In fact so could people all the way to Tunbridge Wells and beyond.
That bloke they interviewed above from Uckfield could have come in by train if they would hurry up and put the track back down. In fact so could people all the way to Tunbridge Wells and beyond. Telscombe Cliffy

6:38pm Mon 16 Dec 13

ARMANA says...

Phani Tikkala wrote:
Just goes to show that Kitkat was talking out of his arse when he made a big melodrama about free parking.

And proves the Green idiots have absolutely zero interest in local businesses, instead pursuing a rabidly anti-car ideology.

Roll on May 2015…. if not sooner if the Labour party grow some balls to join with the tories and kick this lot out
Yes, comon Labour, grow some balls,
[quote][p][bold]Phani Tikkala[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show that Kitkat was talking out of his arse when he made a big melodrama about free parking. And proves the Green idiots have absolutely zero interest in local businesses, instead pursuing a rabidly anti-car ideology. Roll on May 2015…. if not sooner if the Labour party grow some balls to join with the tories and kick this lot out[/p][/quote]Yes, comon Labour, grow some balls, ARMANA

7:23pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Fight_Back says...

her professional wrote:
Hardly conclusive evidence yet - a bloke from Littlehampton and a couple of small traders from North Laine ( glad they are doing well). posters so far are also conveniently ignoring the second part of the story which has some concrete statistical evidence, namely a 5% increase in bus journeys. Based on over 100000 journeys a day, that's an extra 5000 shoppers by bus, surely better than that number all coming in bY car.
Evidence as opposed to whom ? The Green propaganda machine ? Come on, Kitcat and Davey publicly announced that this scheme would lead to meltdown in the city. Were they lying or were they just trying to scare people into not coming to the city ? Either way, neither of them should be in public office because they are complete morons. Roll on 2015 when the Greens will get what they deserve.
[quote][p][bold]her professional[/bold] wrote: Hardly conclusive evidence yet - a bloke from Littlehampton and a couple of small traders from North Laine ( glad they are doing well). posters so far are also conveniently ignoring the second part of the story which has some concrete statistical evidence, namely a 5% increase in bus journeys. Based on over 100000 journeys a day, that's an extra 5000 shoppers by bus, surely better than that number all coming in bY car.[/p][/quote]Evidence as opposed to whom ? The Green propaganda machine ? Come on, Kitcat and Davey publicly announced that this scheme would lead to meltdown in the city. Were they lying or were they just trying to scare people into not coming to the city ? Either way, neither of them should be in public office because they are complete morons. Roll on 2015 when the Greens will get what they deserve. Fight_Back

7:49pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Darwinism says...

So they were queuing to get into the main Churchill Square car parks and the Lanes and that was all down to the free parking at London Rd and Regency Sq? Who would have thought so many people would want to shop the week before Christmas, Outstanding.
So they were queuing to get into the main Churchill Square car parks and the Lanes and that was all down to the free parking at London Rd and Regency Sq? Who would have thought so many people would want to shop the week before Christmas, Outstanding. Darwinism

9:07pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bug eye says...

The bus company reduced fares hence the increase in bus use, shows they can do it when they are under threat of competition. Bring on more free parking, you will get more shoppers from out of town, more local bus users as they will reduce fares, consequently charging the council less for over 60s free travel. win win.
The bus company reduced fares hence the increase in bus use, shows they can do it when they are under threat of competition. Bring on more free parking, you will get more shoppers from out of town, more local bus users as they will reduce fares, consequently charging the council less for over 60s free travel. win win. bug eye

10:33pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Her professional....I got a bus on Sunday into town from the Lewes Road as it was chucking it down. Two families were sat behind me who were talking about how they had come into Brighton from Guildford and parked their cars off the Lewes Road as it was cheaper to get the bus than pay for parking. One of the adults had apparently been a student at Sussex and knew where all the free parking was.
So cars are still coming in and clearly people are parking and riding using residential streets. Brilliant. The cheeky devils usually park all weekend in my street and call a cab to take them and their luggage into town when they stay in city centre hotels.
Her professional....I got a bus on Sunday into town from the Lewes Road as it was chucking it down. Two families were sat behind me who were talking about how they had come into Brighton from Guildford and parked their cars off the Lewes Road as it was cheaper to get the bus than pay for parking. One of the adults had apparently been a student at Sussex and knew where all the free parking was. So cars are still coming in and clearly people are parking and riding using residential streets. Brilliant. The cheeky devils usually park all weekend in my street and call a cab to take them and their luggage into town when they stay in city centre hotels. Maxwell's Ghost

6:59am Tue 17 Dec 13

HJarrs says...

So car parks that would have been full anyway with paying parkers were hogged by free parkers. This jape just lost the council money and probably just diverted more people to NCP.
So car parks that would have been full anyway with paying parkers were hogged by free parkers. This jape just lost the council money and probably just diverted more people to NCP. HJarrs

10:16am Tue 17 Dec 13

Fight_Back says...

HJarrs wrote:
So car parks that would have been full anyway with paying parkers were hogged by free parkers. This jape just lost the council money and probably just diverted more people to NCP.
And yet remarkably there appear to be no complaints from shoppers not being able to find a space ??? The jape at 7 Dials cost £800,000 for absolutely no gain ( indeed it is actually more dangerous for pedestrians now ) - I'd worry about idiot japes like that if I were you.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: So car parks that would have been full anyway with paying parkers were hogged by free parkers. This jape just lost the council money and probably just diverted more people to NCP.[/p][/quote]And yet remarkably there appear to be no complaints from shoppers not being able to find a space ??? The jape at 7 Dials cost £800,000 for absolutely no gain ( indeed it is actually more dangerous for pedestrians now ) - I'd worry about idiot japes like that if I were you. Fight_Back

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