Albion fans fined £10k for parking around the Amex

The Argus: Albion fans fined £10k for parking around the Amex Albion fans fined £10k for parking around the Amex

Football fans have been fined nearly £10,000 since a new parking scheme was introduced at the start of the season.

On match days, 386 tickets have been handed out in the streets around the American Express Community Stadium, costing Albion fans and their counterparts £9,675.

The news comes after Brighton and Hove Albion chief executive Paul Barber wrote to fans telling them of changes to parking at the Amex.

From next month a new arrangement will be in place to stop the rush of people trying to leave Bennett’s Field car park at the final whistle.

Bennett’s Field – mainly used by 1901 club members – will be shut from the 70th minute of a match until a minimum of 45 minutes after the final whistle.

The club says it has recently witnessed several altercations between motorists, while stewards have been abused and one was physically assaulted.

Any fans who currently use Bennett’s Field are being given the opportunity, subject to availability, to transfer their parking space to the university car parks, which will not be shut after the final whistle.

This summer the club will also be looking to add a series of traffic calming measures to the Bennett’s Field car park to stop queue jumping and improve the flow of traffic.

At the start of the season, the club and Brighton and Hove City Council introduced the resident permit system to 49 roads in Moulsecoomb and Coldean to stop fans parking in residential streets and walking to the Amex.

The highest number of tickets issued by Brighton and Hove city Council on a single day was 53 on August 24 for the visit of Burnley, while the highest amount of fines recouped was £1,310 from the game with Derby a fortnight earlier.

The number of tickets issued has dropped significantly since the start of the season, with just 21 for last month’s game against Birmingham City.

Revenue from penalty charge notices goes towards the ongoing costs of the scheme, maintenance of signs and lines and the labour costs of changing the variable signs.

The fines also go towards enforcement costs and ongoing permit administration charges, which is also being partly funded by the club.

Carol Lynn, from Coldean Residents’ Association, said: “It was horrendous here, we just couldn’t park in our own streets and it was an absolute nightmare.

"Now it’s nice and quiet here and in Moulsecoomb when Albion are playing. The wardens are certainly getting them.”

Deputy council leader Ian Davey said: “It’s great to hear that residents living near the stadium are happy with the scheme, which has made their lives easier on match and event days.”

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9:51am Tue 25 Feb 14

brightonline says...

Pity the same didn't happen when they were at Withdean - we put up with all the traffic for over 7 years and never had any support from the club or stewards when fans ignored all the road signs not to park here when a match was on.
Pity the same didn't happen when they were at Withdean - we put up with all the traffic for over 7 years and never had any support from the club or stewards when fans ignored all the road signs not to park here when a match was on. brightonline

9:57am Tue 25 Feb 14

Martha Gunn says...

Rubbish.

The parking restrictions were observed by the fans and enforced by the club.

The scheme at Withdean worked very well.
Rubbish. The parking restrictions were observed by the fans and enforced by the club. The scheme at Withdean worked very well. Martha Gunn

11:05am Tue 25 Feb 14

paladin27 says...

No, Martha,
The parking restrictions were not observed by all fans. I live near to Withdean Stadium and fans parked in our road, despite the signs. No big deal, residents don't own the road, but let's set the record straight.
No, Martha, The parking restrictions were not observed by all fans. I live near to Withdean Stadium and fans parked in our road, despite the signs. No big deal, residents don't own the road, but let's set the record straight. paladin27

11:54am Tue 25 Feb 14

whatevernext2013 says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Rubbish.

The parking restrictions were observed by the fans and enforced by the club.

The scheme at Withdean worked very well.
what utter rubbish the streets around the withdean stadium were a nightmare even the park and ride buses were getting stuck by badly parked cars
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Rubbish. The parking restrictions were observed by the fans and enforced by the club. The scheme at Withdean worked very well.[/p][/quote]what utter rubbish the streets around the withdean stadium were a nightmare even the park and ride buses were getting stuck by badly parked cars whatevernext2013

1:32pm Tue 25 Feb 14

minutetaker says...

Whilest parking is better in both Coldean and Moulsecoomb there are still cars parking and NOT being ticketed. Last saturday alone there were 11 cars parked in one road with NO permits, it is extremely rare to see an enforcement officer issueing tickets, so the figure quoted in the report could be much higher, if only it was policed properly!! Withdean experienced many problems with this issue, however I remind evryone it was part of the planning conditions that parking does not impact on local residents when Amex stadium was granted permission to be built.
Whilest parking is better in both Coldean and Moulsecoomb there are still cars parking and NOT being ticketed. Last saturday alone there were 11 cars parked in one road with NO permits, it is extremely rare to see an enforcement officer issueing tickets, so the figure quoted in the report could be much higher, if only it was policed properly!! Withdean experienced many problems with this issue, however I remind evryone it was part of the planning conditions that parking does not impact on local residents when Amex stadium was granted permission to be built. minutetaker

1:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

minutetaker says...

I would like to remind Carol Lynn that she has NO RIGHT to comment on Moulsecoomb parking issues. She is connected with Coldean, if there is any quote to make then the Moulsecommb Tenant Associations need to make them not Coldean TA. And for her information the roads are not quiter, we do not get the policing that Coldean gets so we still have cars parking illegally!!
I would like to remind Carol Lynn that she has NO RIGHT to comment on Moulsecoomb parking issues. She is connected with Coldean, if there is any quote to make then the Moulsecommb Tenant Associations need to make them not Coldean TA. And for her information the roads are not quiter, we do not get the policing that Coldean gets so we still have cars parking illegally!! minutetaker

1:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

satchers says...

Another great idea from the club making it even more difficult to get away from the ground by closing the car park for 45 minutes after the final whistle.
Don't they realise they are getting extra cars parking close to the ground because they stopped the free bus service from Rottingdean and other locations. This vastly increases people's travel time from such area's and as they have to go via Brighton to make use of the free travel or pay a secondary supplement on top of the one included in the season ticket price for travel. Such people want to drive and be able to get home in a reasonable amount of time. Taking 1.5 hours to get the 3 - 5 miles home especially after a night game when people have to get up for work is crazy!
The club are constantly rinsing the fans for money and making it more difficult to get to and from the ground the more this goes on people will start to walk away.
Another great idea from the club making it even more difficult to get away from the ground by closing the car park for 45 minutes after the final whistle. Don't they realise they are getting extra cars parking close to the ground because they stopped the free bus service from Rottingdean and other locations. This vastly increases people's travel time from such area's and as they have to go via Brighton to make use of the free travel or pay a secondary supplement on top of the one included in the season ticket price for travel. Such people want to drive and be able to get home in a reasonable amount of time. Taking 1.5 hours to get the 3 - 5 miles home especially after a night game when people have to get up for work is crazy! The club are constantly rinsing the fans for money and making it more difficult to get to and from the ground the more this goes on people will start to walk away. satchers

2:09pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Chi Gull says...

Frankly you couldn't get out of the Bennet's Field car park for 30-40 minutes after the game anyway. I understand fans and residents frustrations, but with the clubs rise in popularity and the fantastic new stadium, fans must expect to allow a little more time to get to and from the stadium. You can't get 27,000 fans away in a few minutes at the end of the game. Some fans will always try to chance their arm by parking where they shouldn't so some form of enforcement is needed. Sounds like it needs to be applied a little more evenly between Coldean and Moulscoomb, but at least it's partly working. This isn't the club rinsing the fans of money, it's compliance with the planning requirements and ensuring the safety of fans and the clubs employees.
Frankly you couldn't get out of the Bennet's Field car park for 30-40 minutes after the game anyway. I understand fans and residents frustrations, but with the clubs rise in popularity and the fantastic new stadium, fans must expect to allow a little more time to get to and from the stadium. You can't get 27,000 fans away in a few minutes at the end of the game. Some fans will always try to chance their arm by parking where they shouldn't so some form of enforcement is needed. Sounds like it needs to be applied a little more evenly between Coldean and Moulscoomb, but at least it's partly working. This isn't the club rinsing the fans of money, it's compliance with the planning requirements and ensuring the safety of fans and the clubs employees. Chi Gull

3:01pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Sevensisters says...

They are certainly not catching anyone at the top of Coldean in Hawkhurst Road and Beatty Avenue. We have a number of cars parked on match days. Several being residents aswell as football fans. We have a lot of students livint here and not one of them have permits yet they are not beinf caught.
They are certainly not catching anyone at the top of Coldean in Hawkhurst Road and Beatty Avenue. We have a number of cars parked on match days. Several being residents aswell as football fans. We have a lot of students livint here and not one of them have permits yet they are not beinf caught. Sevensisters

3:04pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Sevensisters says...

They are certainly not catching anyone at the top of Coldean in Hawkhurst Road and Beatty Avenue. We have a number of cars parked on match days. Several being residents aswell as football fans. We have a lot of students living here and not one of them have permits yet they are not being caught.
They are certainly not catching anyone at the top of Coldean in Hawkhurst Road and Beatty Avenue. We have a number of cars parked on match days. Several being residents aswell as football fans. We have a lot of students living here and not one of them have permits yet they are not being caught. Sevensisters

5:08pm Tue 25 Feb 14

keswick says...

Whilst I appreciate the need to protect residents in the near vicinity of the ground I do wonder if there is a justification for how far it spreads out and does this actually add to the problem for those living closer to the ground ? Do feel that someone has missed a trick as the road that leads to the Home Farm Estate could be used for parking without causing access problems and may slightly alleviate the problem. I am afraid that getting away from any venue with an event attended by 30,000 people will always be a problem.
Whilst I appreciate the need to protect residents in the near vicinity of the ground I do wonder if there is a justification for how far it spreads out and does this actually add to the problem for those living closer to the ground ? Do feel that someone has missed a trick as the road that leads to the Home Farm Estate could be used for parking without causing access problems and may slightly alleviate the problem. I am afraid that getting away from any venue with an event attended by 30,000 people will always be a problem. keswick

5:26pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Withdean-er says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Rubbish.

The parking restrictions were observed by the fans and enforced by the club.

The scheme at Withdean worked very well.
Absolutely untrue. I don't know where you make up your 'facts' from.

We live close to Withdean stadium, and our road and all the surrounding roads filled with cars of Albion an away fans parking on match days. The signs, were soon realised to have zero legal basis and were ignored, as were the token stewards trying to scare people off.

As it happens, it didn't personally bother us whatsoever, as it was only on say 25 occasions a year, and to us football fans & their cars were no problem at all. Of course, some anti-football or anti-anything curtain-twitchers got hot under the collar.
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Rubbish. The parking restrictions were observed by the fans and enforced by the club. The scheme at Withdean worked very well.[/p][/quote]Absolutely untrue. I don't know where you make up your 'facts' from. We live close to Withdean stadium, and our road and all the surrounding roads filled with cars of Albion an away fans parking on match days. The signs, were soon realised to have zero legal basis and were ignored, as were the token stewards trying to scare people off. As it happens, it didn't personally bother us whatsoever, as it was only on say 25 occasions a year, and to us football fans & their cars were no problem at all. Of course, some anti-football or anti-anything curtain-twitchers got hot under the collar. Withdean-er

5:47pm Tue 25 Feb 14

portugal35 says...

I HAD MY ASTON DB5 BLOCKED IN ON MATCH DAY.
I HAD MY ASTON DB5 BLOCKED IN ON MATCH DAY. portugal35

6:58pm Tue 25 Feb 14

just-a-person says...

Personally it has made no difference to me having a resident parking permit. On a match day I stay indoors, if I move my car I can't park were my permit allows thanks to people who park with no permits and for all the other cars which appear with permits but are not actually residents at all. Faced with that and the Lewes Road which I would have to tackle if I did move staying indoors and calm is more appealing, that's if I'm not going to the match itself.
Personally it has made no difference to me having a resident parking permit. On a match day I stay indoors, if I move my car I can't park were my permit allows thanks to people who park with no permits and for all the other cars which appear with permits but are not actually residents at all. Faced with that and the Lewes Road which I would have to tackle if I did move staying indoors and calm is more appealing, that's if I'm not going to the match itself. just-a-person

7:04pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Purdy03 says...

minutetaker wrote:
I would like to remind Carol Lynn that she has NO RIGHT to comment on Moulsecoomb parking issues. She is connected with Coldean, if there is any quote to make then the Moulsecommb Tenant Associations need to make them not Coldean TA. And for her information the roads are not quiter, we do not get the policing that Coldean gets so we still have cars parking illegally!!
Purdy03 I did not mention that it was ok In Moulescoomb what I said it seems to working in my area in COLDEAN and I hope it is working in Moulescoomb I can only comment in my road also my comment has nothing to do with COLDEAN RA my comments are my own views
[quote][p][bold]minutetaker[/bold] wrote: I would like to remind Carol Lynn that she has NO RIGHT to comment on Moulsecoomb parking issues. She is connected with Coldean, if there is any quote to make then the Moulsecommb Tenant Associations need to make them not Coldean TA. And for her information the roads are not quiter, we do not get the policing that Coldean gets so we still have cars parking illegally!![/p][/quote]Purdy03 I did not mention that it was ok In Moulescoomb what I said it seems to working in my area in COLDEAN and I hope it is working in Moulescoomb I can only comment in my road also my comment has nothing to do with COLDEAN RA my comments are my own views Purdy03

11:34pm Tue 25 Feb 14

minutetaker says...

Purdy03 I quote " Its nice and quiet here and in Moulsecoomb when the Albion are playing" as said by Carol Lynn of Coldean Residents Assoiciation, as I said you have no right to comment on Moulsecoomb that is the duty of the various TRAs in Moulsecoomb. If you have been misquoted then you should have jumped on it and set the record straight not waited until you are put to task over an area that you know nothing about. Looking through these comments it would appear that not everyone in Coldean considers it quiet on match days. Perhaps more residents need to speak out if their resident assiciation has it wrong!!
Purdy03 I quote " Its nice and quiet here and in Moulsecoomb when the Albion are playing" as said by Carol Lynn of Coldean Residents Assoiciation, as I said you have no right to comment on Moulsecoomb that is the duty of the various TRAs in Moulsecoomb. If you have been misquoted then you should have jumped on it and set the record straight not waited until you are put to task over an area that you know nothing about. Looking through these comments it would appear that not everyone in Coldean considers it quiet on match days. Perhaps more residents need to speak out if their resident assiciation has it wrong!! minutetaker

5:54pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Falmer Wizard says...

It was made quite clear by the club that they would discourage car drivers and would prefer supporters use public transport which works well,buses are given priority those who still wish to use their cars have a choise so cannot complain on delay in leaving the car park.
It was made quite clear by the club that they would discourage car drivers and would prefer supporters use public transport which works well,buses are given priority those who still wish to use their cars have a choise so cannot complain on delay in leaving the car park. Falmer Wizard

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