Council U-turn after parking scheme delay in Brighton

Council U-turn after parking scheme delay

Council U-turn after parking scheme delay

First published in News by , local government reporter

THE introduction of a controversial parking scheme has been delayed after the council’s pay-and-display machines failed to arrive on time.

Residents had been bracing themselves for the new set of kerbside restrictions on Maldon Road, Matlock Road, Tivoli Crescent North and Tivoli Road in Brighton after workers showed up on Thursday to remove the covers from the parking signs to officially launch the scheme.

But the council was forced into an almost immediate U-turn after a neighbour pointed out the machines needed to enforce the pay-for-parking scheme had not been installed and some of the signs had to be recovered.

Now homeowners have slammed the council for allowing visitors to park on the street for free while they have to pay £120 to park outside their own homes.

Chris Moore, who lives within the enforcement zone, said: “The way I’ve been referring to it is a very unfunny comedy of errors.

“I’ve been amazed by this, my jaw just keeps hitting the floor.”

Another resident, Doris Levison, added the delay meant residents were the worst off because they have already paid for their permits.

She said: “To add insult to injury, workmen took off the black covering from the residents permits-only parking notices, thereby implementing an incomplete and unfair situation whereby residents, in order to comply with the regulations, have had to pay £120 for their annual parking permits by the time the scheme was implemented, whereas other motorists can park free on the pay-and-display bays for at least another three weeks.”

Nigel Goddard, who was at home when workers showed up to unveil the signs, added: “Contractors came along at 9am and they took the covering off all the signs. Then a resident complained there was no pay-and-display machines and the contractors were told to cover the signs up again.

“At the moment anyone can park in these pay and display spaces for nothing.”

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “Zone E parking scheme will not be enforced until 19 May due to an unforeseen delay in the delivery of the pay-and-display machines for a small number of shared spaces.

Residents’ permits in the area will automatically be extended by a month to compensate for the delay.”

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8:21am Sat 3 May 14

Hove Actually says...

Just about sums this council up, but we wait with baited breath
for the usual green trolls to spin this to blame the Government cuts
Just about sums this council up, but we wait with baited breath for the usual green trolls to spin this to blame the Government cuts Hove Actually
  • Score: 37

8:21am Sat 3 May 14

keswick says...

Why is it that everything this council touches is a total **** up. That is not totally the fault of the Green Party in this instance. Every council worker I have encountered is incompetent and don't start me on Adult Social Services who are the worst of the lot.
Why is it that everything this council touches is a total **** up. That is not totally the fault of the Green Party in this instance. Every council worker I have encountered is incompetent and don't start me on Adult Social Services who are the worst of the lot. keswick
  • Score: 33

8:27am Sat 3 May 14

Baffled of Brighton says...

They pushed it through so quickly, something was bound to go wrong.
They pushed it through so quickly, something was bound to go wrong. Baffled of Brighton
  • Score: 39

8:44am Sat 3 May 14

Fight_Back says...

Project management really isn't a skill the council have is it ?

So there is this that has been badly project managed.
The Rockery refurb badly project managed by killing the fish.
The Wild Park work badly project managed by cutting down trees that were protected.
The Seven Dials project badly project managed by not spotting the Elm tree at planning stage.
The rubbish collections badly project managed by getting rid of carts BEFORE the project had been proven a success ( which of course it wasn't ).

Is there anything this council can't **** up ?
Project management really isn't a skill the council have is it ? So there is this that has been badly project managed. The Rockery refurb badly project managed by killing the fish. The Wild Park work badly project managed by cutting down trees that were protected. The Seven Dials project badly project managed by not spotting the Elm tree at planning stage. The rubbish collections badly project managed by getting rid of carts BEFORE the project had been proven a success ( which of course it wasn't ). Is there anything this council can't **** up ? Fight_Back
  • Score: 51

8:58am Sat 3 May 14

Resident in Hanover says...

The Green Party administration are disorganized and dishonest.

In their normal style, I doubt they even performed a fair consultation.

We fought them in Hanover, and won, when they tried putting the communal bins in our very narrow streets - but boy was it an effort.
The Green Party administration are disorganized and dishonest. In their normal style, I doubt they even performed a fair consultation. We fought them in Hanover, and won, when they tried putting the communal bins in our very narrow streets - but boy was it an effort. Resident in Hanover
  • Score: 35

9:09am Sat 3 May 14

NickBrt says...

Do the Greens ever do anything right? Although I am sure hjarrs will declare this a complete success.
Do the Greens ever do anything right? Although I am sure hjarrs will declare this a complete success. NickBrt
  • Score: 19

9:16am Sat 3 May 14

bikerjimbo says...

NickBrt wrote:
Do the Greens ever do anything right? Although I am sure hjarrs will declare this a complete success.
For them it is.
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: Do the Greens ever do anything right? Although I am sure hjarrs will declare this a complete success.[/p][/quote]For them it is. bikerjimbo
  • Score: 12

10:34am Sat 3 May 14

mimseycal says...

Not exactly a U-Turn is it. Just another council bugger-up.
Not exactly a U-Turn is it. Just another council bugger-up. mimseycal
  • Score: 23

10:43am Sat 3 May 14

theargusissoinformative says...

My I be the first person to comment on Nathan Townsend. He really "%^$&($£^%"*%&()Y*(
_&*_
My I be the first person to comment on Nathan Townsend. He really "%^$&($£^%"*%&()Y*( _&*_ theargusissoinformative
  • Score: -2

12:15pm Sat 3 May 14

Mr P Brown says...

This load of buffoons are the most perfect example of 'couldn't hold a pi55 up in a brewery' I have ever seen. No wonder the rest of the country are laughing at us
This load of buffoons are the most perfect example of 'couldn't hold a pi55 up in a brewery' I have ever seen. No wonder the rest of the country are laughing at us Mr P Brown
  • Score: 17

12:40pm Sat 3 May 14

wippasnapper says...

They are sticking pay and display parking meters every where not only the town but they also have planes to put them in Stanmer park and in all of its car parks around Stanmer woods – they are trying to rake in as much cash as they can get but who in there right mind is going to pay the outrageous parking fees this council is charging
They are sticking pay and display parking meters every where not only the town but they also have planes to put them in Stanmer park and in all of its car parks around Stanmer woods – they are trying to rake in as much cash as they can get but who in there right mind is going to pay the outrageous parking fees this council is charging wippasnapper
  • Score: 27

7:20pm Mon 5 May 14

ARMANA says...

wippasnapper wrote:
They are sticking pay and display parking meters every where not only the town but they also have planes to put them in Stanmer park and in all of its car parks around Stanmer woods – they are trying to rake in as much cash as they can get but who in there right mind is going to pay the outrageous parking fees this council is charging
They will pay up, a few people will avoid these places, but most folks are sheep, they will pay, Baaaar Baaar, !!!!
[quote][p][bold]wippasnapper[/bold] wrote: They are sticking pay and display parking meters every where not only the town but they also have planes to put them in Stanmer park and in all of its car parks around Stanmer woods – they are trying to rake in as much cash as they can get but who in there right mind is going to pay the outrageous parking fees this council is charging[/p][/quote]They will pay up, a few people will avoid these places, but most folks are sheep, they will pay, Baaaar Baaar, !!!! ARMANA
  • Score: 0

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