Albion fans to switch car park after price hike row

Albion fans will to switch car parks after price hike row

Albion fans will to switch car parks after price hike row

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HUNDREDS of Albion fans will have to use a different car park this season after talks with a landowner broke down.

The owner of Bennett’s Field, near the club’s American Express Community Stadium, is asking for more money after a previous three-year rental deal expired.

Brighton and Hove Albion do not want to stretch to the latest offer and have informed its 1901 Club members – premium season ticket holders – affected by the decision.

Executive director Martin Perry said: “We appreciate this news will come as a blow to many. It may be that in the future we are able to return to Bennett’s Field but in the meantime, we will put the original plans back in place. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

However, Matthew Bennett, who has owned the field with his brother for about 20 years, said: “It is a matter of seeing if we can come to a reasonable agreement.”

Asked if negotiations had broken down, he said: “It’s early days. I was not aware it had reached that point.”

The Argus believes the fee being demanded is about three times the previous one, although neither side would be drawn on the amount.

Despite the problems, the club says it still has enough spaces to cater for fans.

Fans who used to park in Bennett’s Field, which catered for 400 vehicles, will now have to park at the University of Sussex and walk under the A27 to get to the stadium. There are about 700 spaces at the university for mid-week games and 1,100 at weekends and bank holidays.

The club started using Bennett’s Field to make up a shortfall while the bridge car park was being converted.

Bennett’s Field was not part of the original design but the club still has permission to use about a third of it via a different landowner.

Disabled car parking remains unaffected.

The club’s total number of spaces is greater than the minimum number required in the planning permission for the stadium.

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7:11am Fri 25 Jul 14

gazzamagoo says...

This might be a good thing for park and ride bus users. Might be able to get buses in and out quicker. But apart from that I can't believe the owner is so greedy that he'd risk having no money than some money. I'm sure it's a substantial amount.
This might be a good thing for park and ride bus users. Might be able to get buses in and out quicker. But apart from that I can't believe the owner is so greedy that he'd risk having no money than some money. I'm sure it's a substantial amount. gazzamagoo
  • Score: 25

7:15am Fri 25 Jul 14

homewood says...

Sounds like greedy car park owners
Sounds like greedy car park owners homewood
  • Score: 25

7:41am Fri 25 Jul 14

jackthekipper says...

now yer man has an empty field and no money through that terrible human trait GREED
now yer man has an empty field and no money through that terrible human trait GREED jackthekipper
  • Score: 22

7:50am Fri 25 Jul 14

rogerthefish says...

I think Falmers a mess to get to-should have been Waterhall
I think Falmers a mess to get to-should have been Waterhall rogerthefish
  • Score: 26

8:00am Fri 25 Jul 14

Getreal you lot says...

I always said waterhall. Main east west road, main north south road, mainline railway. They could have built a halt there.a supermarket as well. And most importantly, a national station. Surely even a contender for the commonwealth games. However falmer won. With a maximum of 28000, increased traffic, increased everything. No one listened. Let's start a campaign. Get the Albion out of falmer. Come on vote for the Green Party. They are fantastic. They really think about things. They have done marvels for this town. Every town should have a Green Party to lead them. Look how magnificent they have done for Brighton and hove.
I always said waterhall. Main east west road, main north south road, mainline railway. They could have built a halt there.a supermarket as well. And most importantly, a national station. Surely even a contender for the commonwealth games. However falmer won. With a maximum of 28000, increased traffic, increased everything. No one listened. Let's start a campaign. Get the Albion out of falmer. Come on vote for the Green Party. They are fantastic. They really think about things. They have done marvels for this town. Every town should have a Green Party to lead them. Look how magnificent they have done for Brighton and hove. Getreal you lot
  • Score: -34

8:01am Fri 25 Jul 14

Getreal you lot says...

So sorry, I meant a national stadium not station.
So sorry, I meant a national stadium not station. Getreal you lot
  • Score: -11

8:50am Fri 25 Jul 14

Quiterie says...

Getreal you lot wrote:
I always said waterhall. Main east west road, main north south road, mainline railway. They could have built a halt there.a supermarket as well. And most importantly, a national station. Surely even a contender for the commonwealth games. However falmer won. With a maximum of 28000, increased traffic, increased everything. No one listened. Let's start a campaign. Get the Albion out of falmer. Come on vote for the Green Party. They are fantastic. They really think about things. They have done marvels for this town. Every town should have a Green Party to lead them. Look how magnificent they have done for Brighton and hove.
I always thought Waterhall was the best option too. It would also have meant more people who live in Brighton and Hove could have walked to the stadium, because although it's still on the outskirts it's closer to more homes.

The main argument against it as I recall was setting a precedent for building north of the bypass (A27). However Sussex University is located north of the A27, so I don't see what the problem is.

Still we're in Falmer now and have to make the best of it.
[quote][p][bold]Getreal you lot[/bold] wrote: I always said waterhall. Main east west road, main north south road, mainline railway. They could have built a halt there.a supermarket as well. And most importantly, a national station. Surely even a contender for the commonwealth games. However falmer won. With a maximum of 28000, increased traffic, increased everything. No one listened. Let's start a campaign. Get the Albion out of falmer. Come on vote for the Green Party. They are fantastic. They really think about things. They have done marvels for this town. Every town should have a Green Party to lead them. Look how magnificent they have done for Brighton and hove.[/p][/quote]I always thought Waterhall was the best option too. It would also have meant more people who live in Brighton and Hove could have walked to the stadium, because although it's still on the outskirts it's closer to more homes. The main argument against it as I recall was setting a precedent for building north of the bypass (A27). However Sussex University is located north of the A27, so I don't see what the problem is. Still we're in Falmer now and have to make the best of it. Quiterie
  • Score: 4

8:54am Fri 25 Jul 14

kopite_rob says...

I never understood why the mini roundabout junction outside the Stadium wasn't relayed when the Stadium was built.
Traffic backs up East bound off the A27 into the Drove towards Woodingdean waiting for cars to cross over the roundabout getting from the Drove onto the A27.
It would have been simple to have built a slip road off the Drove from the direction of the Stadium that turned left to run parallel to the railway to stop this conflicting move.

And why do the traffic lights have to be on all the time? Even in the middle of the night?
I never understood why the mini roundabout junction outside the Stadium wasn't relayed when the Stadium was built. Traffic backs up East bound off the A27 into the Drove towards Woodingdean waiting for cars to cross over the roundabout getting from the Drove onto the A27. It would have been simple to have built a slip road off the Drove from the direction of the Stadium that turned left to run parallel to the railway to stop this conflicting move. And why do the traffic lights have to be on all the time? Even in the middle of the night? kopite_rob
  • Score: 1

8:57am Fri 25 Jul 14

HJarrs says...

rogerthefish wrote:
I think Falmers a mess to get to-should have been Waterhall
I got the feeling that the stadium was built at Falmer was primarily due to land values.

I think the Albion have made a decent job of transport arrangements. When I go to see the Albion occasionally, I take advantage of the opportunity for a warm down beverage and miss the worst of the congestion.
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: I think Falmers a mess to get to-should have been Waterhall[/p][/quote]I got the feeling that the stadium was built at Falmer was primarily due to land values. I think the Albion have made a decent job of transport arrangements. When I go to see the Albion occasionally, I take advantage of the opportunity for a warm down beverage and miss the worst of the congestion. HJarrs
  • Score: 12

9:03am Fri 25 Jul 14

Morpheus says...

Wasn't it planned to be a car free zone and people were supposed to use public transport because public transport is so good in Brighton.
Wasn't it planned to be a car free zone and people were supposed to use public transport because public transport is so good in Brighton. Morpheus
  • Score: 12

9:25am Fri 25 Jul 14

college says...

If you're an Albion fan then line up and bend over, what with the 'transfer policy', the underwhelming retained list, the access problems over the past seasons and now this, I think we're all getting shafted.
(I am an unhappy season ticket holder by the way)
If you're an Albion fan then line up and bend over, what with the 'transfer policy', the underwhelming retained list, the access problems over the past seasons and now this, I think we're all getting shafted. (I am an unhappy season ticket holder by the way) college
  • Score: -3

9:28am Fri 25 Jul 14

Plantpot says...

Morpheus wrote:
Wasn't it planned to be a car free zone and people were supposed to use public transport because public transport is so good in Brighton.
It was supposed to be car free, but given that the application failed the test of need and therefore the regulations, who cares anyway? The council gave a chunk of land to the club that belonged to the taxpayer - I think the Argus said it was worth £5m. That wasn't available at Waterhall. The other thing against Waterhall is that there are real community sports facilities and participation going on there already, so what would have happened to them?
[quote][p][bold]Morpheus[/bold] wrote: Wasn't it planned to be a car free zone and people were supposed to use public transport because public transport is so good in Brighton.[/p][/quote]It was supposed to be car free, but given that the application failed the test of need and therefore the regulations, who cares anyway? The council gave a chunk of land to the club that belonged to the taxpayer - I think the Argus said it was worth £5m. That wasn't available at Waterhall. The other thing against Waterhall is that there are real community sports facilities and participation going on there already, so what would have happened to them? Plantpot
  • Score: 4

10:20am Fri 25 Jul 14

Max Ripple says...

God, you really are a sad lot, aren't you? Proper feasibility studies were done into Waterhall and it turned out NOT to be the best place for a stadium. Waterhall Halt or whatever was going to cost a fortune, changes to the A23 roundabout and other access changes were deemed to be impractical and too costly - AND it was the wrong side of the A27 which meant it was never going to happen.

As for this Matthew Bennett bloke - Gordon Bennett more like. Now he's got no deal with the club and no money. Serves him right. I hope the club can make it work without him somehow. Did he used to be a Banker or city trader or estate agent?
God, you really are a sad lot, aren't you? Proper feasibility studies were done into Waterhall and it turned out NOT to be the best place for a stadium. Waterhall Halt or whatever was going to cost a fortune, changes to the A23 roundabout and other access changes were deemed to be impractical and too costly - AND it was the wrong side of the A27 which meant it was never going to happen. As for this Matthew Bennett bloke - Gordon Bennett more like. Now he's got no deal with the club and no money. Serves him right. I hope the club can make it work without him somehow. Did he used to be a Banker or city trader or estate agent? Max Ripple
  • Score: 0

10:21am Fri 25 Jul 14

hubby says...

So those poor "Premium" season ticket holders will have to walk further.
I am crying my eyes out.
So those poor "Premium" season ticket holders will have to walk further. I am crying my eyes out. hubby
  • Score: 6

10:58am Fri 25 Jul 14

jyan says...

Some money is better than no money and I expect the landowner to give in eventually - the club are right to stand up to their crazy demands!
Some money is better than no money and I expect the landowner to give in eventually - the club are right to stand up to their crazy demands! jyan
  • Score: -3

11:12am Fri 25 Jul 14

Jules boy says...

Landowner obviously aware of the Leo transfer fee - hope u end up with nothing pure greed
Landowner obviously aware of the Leo transfer fee - hope u end up with nothing pure greed Jules boy
  • Score: 0

11:13am Fri 25 Jul 14

Kit Napier's Beard says...

Morpheus wrote:
Wasn't it planned to be a car free zone and people were supposed to use public transport because public transport is so good in Brighton.
You obviously have not seen Falmer station before and after a match? CHAOS
[quote][p][bold]Morpheus[/bold] wrote: Wasn't it planned to be a car free zone and people were supposed to use public transport because public transport is so good in Brighton.[/p][/quote]You obviously have not seen Falmer station before and after a match? CHAOS Kit Napier's Beard
  • Score: 5

11:17am Fri 25 Jul 14

kipper12 says...

rogerthefish wrote:
I think Falmers a mess to get to-should have been Waterhall
we would all have loved waterhall , but as was discovered back in the early 80's when mike bamber was chairman , the waterhall site sits on a waterbed ..... so a nice big stadium would have gradually sunk !!!!
UTA
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: I think Falmers a mess to get to-should have been Waterhall[/p][/quote]we would all have loved waterhall , but as was discovered back in the early 80's when mike bamber was chairman , the waterhall site sits on a waterbed ..... so a nice big stadium would have gradually sunk !!!! UTA kipper12
  • Score: 3

12:21pm Fri 25 Jul 14

NathanAdler says...

Hope The Seagulls continue to use the Uni. That way the Uni will get much needed funds and these greedy land owners are out of pocket.

That'll learn 'em.
Hope The Seagulls continue to use the Uni. That way the Uni will get much needed funds and these greedy land owners are out of pocket. That'll learn 'em. NathanAdler
  • Score: 1

12:28pm Fri 25 Jul 14

tinker111 says...

hubby wrote:
So those poor "Premium" season ticket holders will have to walk further.
I am crying my eyes out.
Don't Knock the premium season ticket holders ,they pay a lot for there tickets and YES parking not at UNI which but Bennets field .
I think at end of season you will see a number of PREM/CORP walking and so they should having paid for close parking .

I think it will KICK OFF well before that ???.

IF not then watch out for BIG rise in season tickets next season ,see who is crying then ??
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: So those poor "Premium" season ticket holders will have to walk further. I am crying my eyes out.[/p][/quote]Don't Knock the premium season ticket holders ,they pay a lot for there tickets and YES parking not at UNI which but Bennets field . I think at end of season you will see a number of PREM/CORP walking and so they should having paid for close parking . I think it will KICK OFF well before that ???. IF not then watch out for BIG rise in season tickets next season ,see who is crying then ?? tinker111
  • Score: 0

2:48pm Fri 25 Jul 14

calro75 says...

What, did someone say another rip off in Brighton, well I never.
What, did someone say another rip off in Brighton, well I never. calro75
  • Score: 3

3:08pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Man of steel says...

kipper12 wrote:
rogerthefish wrote:
I think Falmers a mess to get to-should have been Waterhall
we would all have loved waterhall , but as was discovered back in the early 80's when mike bamber was chairman , the waterhall site sits on a waterbed ..... so a nice big stadium would have gradually sunk !!!!
UTA
Yes, that tower at Pisa didn't last very long, did it.
[quote][p][bold]kipper12[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: I think Falmers a mess to get to-should have been Waterhall[/p][/quote]we would all have loved waterhall , but as was discovered back in the early 80's when mike bamber was chairman , the waterhall site sits on a waterbed ..... so a nice big stadium would have gradually sunk !!!! UTA[/p][/quote]Yes, that tower at Pisa didn't last very long, did it. Man of steel
  • Score: 0

4:55pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Bill in Hanover says...

I suggest that any Albion supporter wanting to park close to the ground just hitch a caravan onto the car or borrow a flat-bed truck and drive onto Wild Park or Stanmer Park and no one will dare to move you for a month or two at least.
I suggest that any Albion supporter wanting to park close to the ground just hitch a caravan onto the car or borrow a flat-bed truck and drive onto Wild Park or Stanmer Park and no one will dare to move you for a month or two at least. Bill in Hanover
  • Score: 8

4:56pm Fri 25 Jul 14

tez1959 says...

greedy brothers somethings better than nothing surely the trouble is with people like this is that they want to be more greedier i wouldnt bother negotiating anymore id say take it or leave it there obviously not brighton fans probably a couple of scruffy farmer slobs . lets just say £5 per car times 400= £2000x by say 30 home games league and cup games = £60,000 lovely income tax free very nice id say wouldnt have to go to work obviously got to much money and dont need the income.
greedy brothers somethings better than nothing surely the trouble is with people like this is that they want to be more greedier i wouldnt bother negotiating anymore id say take it or leave it there obviously not brighton fans probably a couple of scruffy farmer slobs . lets just say £5 per car times 400= £2000x by say 30 home games league and cup games = £60,000 lovely income tax free very nice id say wouldnt have to go to work obviously got to much money and dont need the income. tez1959
  • Score: -2

1:13am Sat 26 Jul 14

100% Pure says...

The club is a pure joke.Im not paying prem-league money next season to watch lower league rubbish like Dunk and JFC and i don't care how much spin they put out about these players being good.Thank god Chelsea will be getting my money next season.
The club is a pure joke.Im not paying prem-league money next season to watch lower league rubbish like Dunk and JFC and i don't care how much spin they put out about these players being good.Thank god Chelsea will be getting my money next season. 100% Pure
  • Score: -1

6:12am Sat 26 Jul 14

twonk says...

Lots of wrong info above. Especially about the chaos after games. Still I don't suppose many contributors actually go to games.
Lots of wrong info above. Especially about the chaos after games. Still I don't suppose many contributors actually go to games. twonk
  • Score: -1

7:20am Sat 26 Jul 14

Quiterie says...

twonk wrote:
Lots of wrong info above. Especially about the chaos after games. Still I don't suppose many contributors actually go to games.
Are you saying there isn't chaos after the game? If you leave 10 minutes before the end or hang around for a beer afterwards you're fine. Otherwise it's a nightmare. Certainly puts me off going.
[quote][p][bold]twonk[/bold] wrote: Lots of wrong info above. Especially about the chaos after games. Still I don't suppose many contributors actually go to games.[/p][/quote]Are you saying there isn't chaos after the game? If you leave 10 minutes before the end or hang around for a beer afterwards you're fine. Otherwise it's a nightmare. Certainly puts me off going. Quiterie
  • Score: 2

12:21pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Brighton Bill says...

Sorry Mr Bennett your lose for being greedy.
Sorry Mr Bennett your lose for being greedy. Brighton Bill
  • Score: -1

9:23pm Sat 26 Jul 14

hubby says...

Think what it was like to park for the Goldstone.
Think what it was like to park for the Goldstone. hubby
  • Score: 1

5:47pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Cliify0002 says...

Getreal you lot wrote:
I always said waterhall. Main east west road, main north south road, mainline railway. They could have built a halt there.a supermarket as well. And most importantly, a national station. Surely even a contender for the commonwealth games. However falmer won. With a maximum of 28000, increased traffic, increased everything. No one listened. Let's start a campaign. Get the Albion out of falmer. Come on vote for the Green Party. They are fantastic. They really think about things. They have done marvels for this town. Every town should have a Green Party to lead them. Look how magnificent they have done for Brighton and hove.
Greens he he heaven forbid they win where I am. The whole of brighton town centre is a total nightmare
[quote][p][bold]Getreal you lot[/bold] wrote: I always said waterhall. Main east west road, main north south road, mainline railway. They could have built a halt there.a supermarket as well. And most importantly, a national station. Surely even a contender for the commonwealth games. However falmer won. With a maximum of 28000, increased traffic, increased everything. No one listened. Let's start a campaign. Get the Albion out of falmer. Come on vote for the Green Party. They are fantastic. They really think about things. They have done marvels for this town. Every town should have a Green Party to lead them. Look how magnificent they have done for Brighton and hove.[/p][/quote]Greens he he heaven forbid they win where I am. The whole of brighton town centre is a total nightmare Cliify0002
  • Score: 0

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