Free parking calls rejected

Free parking calls rejected

Free parking calls rejected

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CALLS for free parking throughout the city have been rejected, despite a vicar dubbing Sunday parking charges a “church tax”.

The proposals were discussed at the Brighton and Hove City Council Policy and Resources Committee yesterday.

A petition signed by 1,282 people to introduce free Sunday car parking and on street parking across Brighton and Hove was presented to the council in March.

Last week the Rev Martin Poole, vicar of St Luke’s church, Prestonville, joined the debate when he sent a letter to churches and congregations of all denominations encouraging people to lobby councillors on the committee to vote for the change.

The Rev Poole said: “At the moment it costs my congregation two or three pounds to come to church before they’ve even walked in the door. It effectively is a church tax.

“It’s astonishing to me that I can park outside my son’s flat in Camden at the weekend for free, but people can’t park in my area of Brighton for free at any time.”

The committee had been asked to consider three options – offering free parking both on and off street on Sundays, partial free parking on Sundays and referring alternative suggestions for parking charges to an end of year annual review, which the committee voted to do.

A council report estimated the cost of providing free Sunday parking at £2.6 million each year and an additional £1,035 million to implement.

Coun Jason Kitcat, chairman of the committee, said: “Offering free parking on a Sunday is likely to create more congestion and actually make it harder for those driving to find a parking space.

“That would have a negative impact on our economy.”

Suggestions that could be taken forward as part of the annual review could include promotional rates at Norton Road, London Road and Oxford Court car parks where demand is low on a Sunday.

Jeremy Gale, Liberal Democrat council candidate for Central Hove ward, who led the petition, said: “What the voting showed today is that both Labour and the Greens are clearly against introducing free Sunday parking and that Liberal Democrats are the only party in the city committed to scrapping parking charges on a Sunday.”

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10:49am Fri 13 Jun 14

hurdygurdy says...

Church tax! Nonsense. That ‘logic’ could be applied to any situation…shopping tax, or a visiting grandparents tax, for example. The fact of the matter is parking is a good source of revenue for our council. If people do not wish to pay it there are alternative ways to travel into the city, most of which are safer and more ecologically sound. They just take a little more effort.
Church tax! Nonsense. That ‘logic’ could be applied to any situation…shopping tax, or a visiting grandparents tax, for example. The fact of the matter is parking is a good source of revenue for our council. If people do not wish to pay it there are alternative ways to travel into the city, most of which are safer and more ecologically sound. They just take a little more effort. hurdygurdy
  • Score: -24

11:15am Fri 13 Jun 14

spa301 says...

If people do not 'wish to pay' or indeed make a 'little more effort' then they will more than likely take their custom to a surrounding town that offers a more sincere welcome. Whilst it is indeed a 'good source of revenue for the council' it doesn't help the shops keepers much.
If people do not 'wish to pay' or indeed make a 'little more effort' then they will more than likely take their custom to a surrounding town that offers a more sincere welcome. Whilst it is indeed a 'good source of revenue for the council' it doesn't help the shops keepers much. spa301
  • Score: 18

11:34am Fri 13 Jun 14

kopite_rob says...

The councils only interested in charging easy targets.
Attach a caravan to your car, mount the pavement, park on a playing field,
defecate and leave rubbish wherever you like and you can park for free for weeks.
The councils only interested in charging easy targets. Attach a caravan to your car, mount the pavement, park on a playing field, defecate and leave rubbish wherever you like and you can park for free for weeks. kopite_rob
  • Score: 37

12:52pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Mark63 says...

Let's face it, this council is nothing less than a group of money-grabbing thieves... punishing car drivers at every single opportunity.... No goodwill for citizens of the City even.... HOWEVER, you can park your caravan (if you're a traveller) on (and mess up) any public place for as long as you like for FREE! Disgusting!
Let's face it, this council is nothing less than a group of money-grabbing thieves... punishing car drivers at every single opportunity.... No goodwill for citizens of the City even.... HOWEVER, you can park your caravan (if you're a traveller) on (and mess up) any public place for as long as you like for FREE! Disgusting! Mark63
  • Score: 21

6:35pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Bob_The_Ferret says...

Jeremy Gale should go and have a chat with Norman Baker to be reminded that the official Lib Dem policy is to tax motorists of the face of the earth, not to offer free them parking.

To suggest that the cost of implementing a change would be £1 billion is just the sort of lie we expect from the greens... or maybe it's an Argus typo?
Jeremy Gale should go and have a chat with Norman Baker to be reminded that the official Lib Dem policy is to tax motorists of the face of the earth, not to offer free them parking. To suggest that the cost of implementing a change would be £1 billion is just the sort of lie we expect from the greens... or maybe it's an Argus typo? Bob_The_Ferret
  • Score: 4

9:34pm Fri 13 Jun 14

BtnLaurence says...

Of course Kitcat is going to say that. What is causing more congestion is squashing two lanes of traffic into one, so as well as appalling congestion we also have increased pollution. Maybe the Greens are doing all this on purpose because they really don't want to get in again so sort out the unbelievable mess they've made of Brighton & Hove.
And why do they keep talking about "introducing" free parking on a Sunday? It always used to be free on a Sunday anyway, and not that long ago either. You could also park on single yellow lines.
But as everyone must realise, they are just tapping the motorist for everything they can and hiding behind a load of spin.
Of course Kitcat is going to say that. What is causing more congestion is squashing two lanes of traffic into one, so as well as appalling congestion we also have increased pollution. Maybe the Greens are doing all this on purpose because they really don't want to get in again so sort out the unbelievable mess they've made of Brighton & Hove. And why do they keep talking about "introducing" free parking on a Sunday? It always used to be free on a Sunday anyway, and not that long ago either. You could also park on single yellow lines. But as everyone must realise, they are just tapping the motorist for everything they can and hiding behind a load of spin. BtnLaurence
  • Score: 9

1:26pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

Surely it would only be a "church tax" if it were free for the other six days of the week?
Surely it would only be a "church tax" if it were free for the other six days of the week? Roundbill
  • Score: 2

12:58am Sun 15 Jun 14

Gribbet says...

Good to see that common sense still has a place in this world
Good to see that common sense still has a place in this world Gribbet
  • Score: 0

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