Parking charges in Brighton and Hove set to be frozen for second year

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Parking charges are to be frozen in the coming year – with some tariffs even falling.

After netting £18.36 million in parking revenue in 2012/13, Brighton and Hove City Council has announced it will freeze the majority of its rates for the second year running.

As an added boost to motorists, some of its tariffs in multi-storeys will be reduced – despite inflation running at 2.5%.

However, it still means those parking on the street in the city centre will pay £3.50 an hour and up to £20 for a day on the seafront.

Green councillor Ian Davey, the authority’s lead member for transport, said: “The last parking charge increases were agreed three years ago in order to help manage demand, cut traffic volumes in the city centre and encourage people to visit under-used car parks and areas where there is greater capacity.

“Since then parking charges have been frozen, and we have also been flexible with the current pricing, adjusting some tariffs at the request of residents and traders.”

The plan, which will be voted on by the council’s transport committee on Tuesday, includes lower tariffs at Regency Square and London Road car parks. It means weekend prices at both will be the same as weekday rates.

In Regency Square, which locals report is widely underused despite a wider £4.2 million revamp, this is a saving of £2 on one, two, four and 24-hour stays and £1 for nine hours.

After a technical fault at its car parks, the local authority is also pro- posing to combine its evening (£4.50) and night rates (£5).

This means people can leave their vehicles in The Lanes, London Road, Regency Square and Trafalgar Street car parks from 6pm to 11am for £9.50.

Opposition councillors said they sup- ported the freeze on the majority of tariffs.

Conservative councillor Graham Cox said it had only been agreed with “reluctance and a lot of resistance” by the Green administration.

He added: “There is still a need to change the perception that Brighton and Hove is a council which rips visitors off.

“For that reason we would like to see the council go further, with targeted reductions at under-used car parks.”

Coun Cox also called on the local authority to reduce the “excessive” cost of resident permits, which are £120 a year.

Labour councillor Gill Mitchell said: “Having caused uproar with their massive parking price hikes, we welcome the freeze and the few price reductions offered.

"However, we feel there is still room for the Green administration to offer greater flexibility within the charging structure to ensure local shopping areas are supported.”

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8:58am Thu 9 Jan 14

Quiterie says...

Ian Davey admitted recently that the increases in parking revenue (after overheads have been taken into account) was partly due to the increase in the number of Controlled Parking Zones. Given that he's now come clean on this and given that we've always been told that these CPZs were not intended to make any profit why won't he now agree to reduce the cost of resident permits?
Ian Davey admitted recently that the increases in parking revenue (after overheads have been taken into account) was partly due to the increase in the number of Controlled Parking Zones. Given that he's now come clean on this and given that we've always been told that these CPZs were not intended to make any profit why won't he now agree to reduce the cost of resident permits? Quiterie
  • Score: 17

8:59am Thu 9 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Mr Davey should read the public forums on tripadvisor about Brighton and Hove. These are independent comments and questions from visitors from all over the world which rally are damaging to tourism and the hotel trade.
Mr Davey should read the public forums on tripadvisor about Brighton and Hove. These are independent comments and questions from visitors from all over the world which rally are damaging to tourism and the hotel trade. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 20

9:02am Thu 9 Jan 14

HJarrs says...

This seems a sensible proposal, I think parking charges are high enough and are similar to many major city centres. Nobody likes paying more than they have to. The current parking charges have not prevented people coming to B&H and it is anything but ruined and a ghost town that the moanerati predicted. If anything, putting up parking charges and encouraging alternatives to the private car has bust the myth that prosperity is dependant upon king car.
This seems a sensible proposal, I think parking charges are high enough and are similar to many major city centres. Nobody likes paying more than they have to. The current parking charges have not prevented people coming to B&H and it is anything but ruined and a ghost town that the moanerati predicted. If anything, putting up parking charges and encouraging alternatives to the private car has bust the myth that prosperity is dependant upon king car. HJarrs
  • Score: -34

9:03am Thu 9 Jan 14

ThinkBrighton says...

It just shows how much the parking charges were over the top in the first place
It just shows how much the parking charges were over the top in the first place ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 22

9:48am Thu 9 Jan 14

pachallis says...

Unfortunately this is too little and too late. Many residents (including myself) and visitors are now avoiding central Brighton due to the high parking charges and anti-car mentality of Davey and the green controlled transport committee.

Even with the 'spin' of not increasing charges, supported as ever by unpaid spin doctor HJarrs, this is unlikely to do anything to repair the damage caused to our once great towns/city by the lunatic greens.

At least surrounding towns and cities can look forward to more visitors and more business instead!
Unfortunately this is too little and too late. Many residents (including myself) and visitors are now avoiding central Brighton due to the high parking charges and anti-car mentality of Davey and the green controlled transport committee. Even with the 'spin' of not increasing charges, supported as ever by unpaid spin doctor HJarrs, this is unlikely to do anything to repair the damage caused to our once great towns/city by the lunatic greens. At least surrounding towns and cities can look forward to more visitors and more business instead! pachallis
  • Score: 22

10:03am Thu 9 Jan 14

mimseycal says...

HJarrs wrote:
This seems a sensible proposal, I think parking charges are high enough and are similar to many major city centres. Nobody likes paying more than they have to. The current parking charges have not prevented people coming to B&H and it is anything but ruined and a ghost town that the moanerati predicted. If anything, putting up parking charges and encouraging alternatives to the private car has bust the myth that prosperity is dependant upon king car.
The parking charges in this city have been over the top and we have been asked to pay way beyond the reasonable.

Freezing the charges now is nothing but a too little too late. Just like that free parking just for the Christmas shopping trip. Do these councillors really think we residents have the memory of a goldfish?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: This seems a sensible proposal, I think parking charges are high enough and are similar to many major city centres. Nobody likes paying more than they have to. The current parking charges have not prevented people coming to B&H and it is anything but ruined and a ghost town that the moanerati predicted. If anything, putting up parking charges and encouraging alternatives to the private car has bust the myth that prosperity is dependant upon king car.[/p][/quote]The parking charges in this city have been over the top and we have been asked to pay way beyond the reasonable. Freezing the charges now is nothing but a too little too late. Just like that free parking just for the Christmas shopping trip. Do these councillors really think we residents have the memory of a goldfish? mimseycal
  • Score: 16

10:14am Thu 9 Jan 14

whatevernext2013 says...

pachallis wrote:
Unfortunately this is too little and too late. Many residents (including myself) and visitors are now avoiding central Brighton due to the high parking charges and anti-car mentality of Davey and the green controlled transport committee.

Even with the 'spin' of not increasing charges, supported as ever by unpaid spin doctor HJarrs, this is unlikely to do anything to repair the damage caused to our once great towns/city by the lunatic greens.

At least surrounding towns and cities can look forward to more visitors and more business instead!
i have not spent a penny in the city centre in nearly 2 years ,and as you say too little to late ,i now shop on line or outside of brighton and hove even if parking became free i don t see my spending habits changing now
[quote][p][bold]pachallis[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately this is too little and too late. Many residents (including myself) and visitors are now avoiding central Brighton due to the high parking charges and anti-car mentality of Davey and the green controlled transport committee. Even with the 'spin' of not increasing charges, supported as ever by unpaid spin doctor HJarrs, this is unlikely to do anything to repair the damage caused to our once great towns/city by the lunatic greens. At least surrounding towns and cities can look forward to more visitors and more business instead![/p][/quote]i have not spent a penny in the city centre in nearly 2 years ,and as you say too little to late ,i now shop on line or outside of brighton and hove even if parking became free i don t see my spending habits changing now whatevernext2013
  • Score: 14

10:25am Thu 9 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

The parking charges have changed the profile of the people parking and this can be seen in the summer when the seafront is now inhabited by young men parading their gas guzzlers like they are in Monte Carlo. I have friends who now take their boys to look at the parading of vehicles as they do the Madeira Drive loop.
Local old folk used to traipse their little old VWs with a picnic onto the front, now they have been pushed out for the wealthy.
It's all part of the plan to turn the city into a playground for the rich which is why very little help has been given to the 20 percent of kids living in poverty yet kids from outside the city are being given 550 free parking spaces on the Preston Barracks site.
When will the greens start helping local people.
The parking charges have changed the profile of the people parking and this can be seen in the summer when the seafront is now inhabited by young men parading their gas guzzlers like they are in Monte Carlo. I have friends who now take their boys to look at the parading of vehicles as they do the Madeira Drive loop. Local old folk used to traipse their little old VWs with a picnic onto the front, now they have been pushed out for the wealthy. It's all part of the plan to turn the city into a playground for the rich which is why very little help has been given to the 20 percent of kids living in poverty yet kids from outside the city are being given 550 free parking spaces on the Preston Barracks site. When will the greens start helping local people. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 18

1:26pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Andy1066 says...

What's this total rubbish about parking charges no increasing in the last year?

Last summer the charge for 9hrs in Trafalgar St increased from £7.50 to £10 - and the over 9hrs charge from £9 to £15. So, I end up driving further into the city centre, causing more congestion, and paying £4.50 at an NCP who, unlike the council, offer heavily discounted rates for regular users.

Maybe give me an alternative - park and ride? Trains that don't stop for a breakfast/supper break in Eastbourne during rush hours? Why not discourage City Centre parkers by making the hugely underused London Road Car Park significantly cheaper?
What's this total rubbish about parking charges no increasing in the last year? Last summer the charge for 9hrs in Trafalgar St increased from £7.50 to £10 - and the over 9hrs charge from £9 to £15. So, I end up driving further into the city centre, causing more congestion, and paying £4.50 at an NCP who, unlike the council, offer heavily discounted rates for regular users. Maybe give me an alternative - park and ride? Trains that don't stop for a breakfast/supper break in Eastbourne during rush hours? Why not discourage City Centre parkers by making the hugely underused London Road Car Park significantly cheaper? Andy1066
  • Score: 7

2:44pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Mark63 says...

Parking zones, outdated road systems and 20MPH speed limits are bringing B&H to a standstill.... £1 an hour should suffice for parking anywhere... All they are doing with the millions raised is narrowing roads with more bus and cycle lanes and reducing the few stretched of dual carriageway to one lane for cars - its victimisation and penalising one type of road user, when cyclists don't have to pay a penny for any use of any road or pavement come to that!
Parking zones, outdated road systems and 20MPH speed limits are bringing B&H to a standstill.... £1 an hour should suffice for parking anywhere... All they are doing with the millions raised is narrowing roads with more bus and cycle lanes and reducing the few stretched of dual carriageway to one lane for cars - its victimisation and penalising one type of road user, when cyclists don't have to pay a penny for any use of any road or pavement come to that! Mark63
  • Score: 6

3:27pm Thu 9 Jan 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Fantastic News!!!
Just keep in frozen for next fifteen years or so and let the rest of the Country catch up (wont be any City left to shop in though!)
Alternative?
First 2 hours free then 50p an hour until 4 hours then £1 an hour up to £8 max a day
Less than 16 months to go isn't it amazing how quickly it's ticking Kitkat and Davey until goodbye looney's
Fantastic News!!! Just keep in frozen for next fifteen years or so and let the rest of the Country catch up (wont be any City left to shop in though!) Alternative? First 2 hours free then 50p an hour until 4 hours then £1 an hour up to £8 max a day Less than 16 months to go isn't it amazing how quickly it's ticking Kitkat and Davey until goodbye looney's upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: 4

11:55pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Gribbet says...

pachallis wrote:
Unfortunately this is too little and too late. Many residents (including myself) and visitors are now avoiding central Brighton due to the high parking charges and anti-car mentality of Davey and the green controlled transport committee.

Even with the 'spin' of not increasing charges, supported as ever by unpaid spin doctor HJarrs, this is unlikely to do anything to repair the damage caused to our once great towns/city by the lunatic greens.

At least surrounding towns and cities can look forward to more visitors and more business instead!
I generally avoid central Brighton because it's too crammed full of shoppers. If residents such as yourself are shopping elsewhere, it doesn't appear to be doing much damage to the town's retailers, the pavements are crazy busy Monday to Sunday.
[quote][p][bold]pachallis[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately this is too little and too late. Many residents (including myself) and visitors are now avoiding central Brighton due to the high parking charges and anti-car mentality of Davey and the green controlled transport committee. Even with the 'spin' of not increasing charges, supported as ever by unpaid spin doctor HJarrs, this is unlikely to do anything to repair the damage caused to our once great towns/city by the lunatic greens. At least surrounding towns and cities can look forward to more visitors and more business instead![/p][/quote]I generally avoid central Brighton because it's too crammed full of shoppers. If residents such as yourself are shopping elsewhere, it doesn't appear to be doing much damage to the town's retailers, the pavements are crazy busy Monday to Sunday. Gribbet
  • Score: -2

12:05am Fri 10 Jan 14

Gribbet says...

Mark63 wrote:
Parking zones, outdated road systems and 20MPH speed limits are bringing B&H to a standstill.... £1 an hour should suffice for parking anywhere... All they are doing with the millions raised is narrowing roads with more bus and cycle lanes and reducing the few stretched of dual carriageway to one lane for cars - its victimisation and penalising one type of road user, when cyclists don't have to pay a penny for any use of any road or pavement come to that!
Agreed, one of the great advantages about cycling around town is being able to use the roads that I'm paying for through my income/council and all other taxes I pay year in year out, but not having to pay the costs of petrol and parking. I recommend it to anyone, you'll be a lot richer if you leave the car at home and cycle more, it's like receiving a pay rise.
[quote][p][bold]Mark63[/bold] wrote: Parking zones, outdated road systems and 20MPH speed limits are bringing B&H to a standstill.... £1 an hour should suffice for parking anywhere... All they are doing with the millions raised is narrowing roads with more bus and cycle lanes and reducing the few stretched of dual carriageway to one lane for cars - its victimisation and penalising one type of road user, when cyclists don't have to pay a penny for any use of any road or pavement come to that![/p][/quote]Agreed, one of the great advantages about cycling around town is being able to use the roads that I'm paying for through my income/council and all other taxes I pay year in year out, but not having to pay the costs of petrol and parking. I recommend it to anyone, you'll be a lot richer if you leave the car at home and cycle more, it's like receiving a pay rise. Gribbet
  • Score: -4

8:26am Fri 10 Jan 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

As long as some **** doesn't nick your bike or stamp on the wheels. I've lost one bike and had two wheels trashed.
As long as some **** doesn't nick your bike or stamp on the wheels. I've lost one bike and had two wheels trashed. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 3

9:38am Fri 10 Jan 14

Gribbet says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
As long as some **** doesn't nick your bike or stamp on the wheels. I've lost one bike and had two wheels trashed.
I've only had one bike stolen in my lifetime which was annoying, but it was insured, so not really a problem.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: As long as some **** doesn't nick your bike or stamp on the wheels. I've lost one bike and had two wheels trashed.[/p][/quote]I've only had one bike stolen in my lifetime which was annoying, but it was insured, so not really a problem. Gribbet
  • Score: -4

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