Residents slam new parking scheme in Aberdeen Road

Residents slam new parking scheme

Residents slam new parking scheme

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RESIDENTS have slammed plans for a new council parking scheme as “undemocratic”.

Concerns over the extension of a parking zone on Aberdeen Road, Brighton, have been “ignored” by the council, residents said.

Tim Bennett, a builder, of Aberdeen Road, complained the scheme was planned to go ahead across the entire area – despite protests for their road to be excluded.

Under the proposals residents will have to pay to park – but are not guaranteed a permit.

The 47–year–old said: “We voted against it but were told our road could not be excluded because it would not make sense to miss out one road – but other roads nearby have also voted against it.

“I have lived on Aberdeen Road for 10 years and we have never had a problem with parking.”

He added: “Our road voted against it in a democratic way. I ride a bike, but I cannot really carry bags of cement on it can I? I need my van.”

Mr Bennett lives in a shared home where all three occupants require cars – but was told the council could not guarantee they would all receive permits.

He also expressed concern over nearby shops and businesses that could be effected by the changes – with staff not able to get to work and park their cars without a permit.

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “61% of respondents were in favour of an extension to the Area J Residents Parking Scheme in the Lewes Road Triangle area.

“The results were presented to the environment, transport and sustainability committee on July 1 where members agreed to proceed to the next stage of consultation which is advertising the legal Traffic Order.

“Residents, businesses and services currently have until August 7 to make their formal representations.

“We can’t guarantee more than one permit per household as it depends on supply and demand for the available parking spaces but based on other similar parking schemes there is the possibility that more than one permit will be offered per household.”

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3:48pm Mon 28 Jul 14

theargusissoinformative says...

Before anyone starts, there's only space for one car at the front of each house. There is some common sense at play here. Why is this a story?
Before anyone starts, there's only space for one car at the front of each house. There is some common sense at play here. Why is this a story? theargusissoinformative
  • Score: -9

4:40pm Mon 28 Jul 14

NickBtn says...

theargusissoinformat
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wrote:
Before anyone starts, there's only space for one car at the front of each house. There is some common sense at play here. Why is this a story?
I think that the story here is that the council is again not listening to residents and putting in a parking scheme. This despite the comments that there isn't a parking problem.

Why would the council do this? Well perhaps it is because it makes millions of pounds in profit from parking. The council has a vested interest not to listen to the public

Until councils are prevented from making a profit on parking schemes like this will keep spreading like a virus. Until we all have to pay. Even those without cars pay for visitors and also if they shop/employ anyone locally as their costs go up too. It's a stealth tax
[quote][p][bold]theargusissoinformat ive[/bold] wrote: Before anyone starts, there's only space for one car at the front of each house. There is some common sense at play here. Why is this a story?[/p][/quote]I think that the story here is that the council is again not listening to residents and putting in a parking scheme. This despite the comments that there isn't a parking problem. Why would the council do this? Well perhaps it is because it makes millions of pounds in profit from parking. The council has a vested interest not to listen to the public Until councils are prevented from making a profit on parking schemes like this will keep spreading like a virus. Until we all have to pay. Even those without cars pay for visitors and also if they shop/employ anyone locally as their costs go up too. It's a stealth tax NickBtn
  • Score: 16

10:30pm Mon 28 Jul 14

We love Red Billy says...

We need to ask Warren Morgan what he is actually going to do for the motorists and tax payers in the town post May 2015. Over you you Warren.
We need to ask Warren Morgan what he is actually going to do for the motorists and tax payers in the town post May 2015. Over you you Warren. We love Red Billy
  • Score: 6

11:22pm Mon 28 Jul 14

ramble says...

Here we go again, the council playing with figures, 61% sounds a lot but it was actually barely 15% who voted in favour.

1247 residency were mailed to, there were 287 responses of these 175 voted in favour which is 15%, hardly a majority and on something that effects so many people should not have been allowed to go through.

Time to start thinking about elections next year.
These are the Councillors who were present at the meeting and voted.
The Greens voted yes (not surprisingly) but what about the Labour and Conservatives?
They could have stopped this going through together but they didn't.

Councillor Pete West Chair Present
Councillor Lizzie Deane Deputy Chair Present
Councillor Graham Cox Opposition Spokesperson Present
Councillor Tony Janio Opposition Spokesperson Present
Councillor Gill Mitchell Group Spokesperson Present
Councillor Alan Robins Group Spokesperson Present
Councillor Ruth Buckley Committee Member Present
Councillor Emma Daniel Committee Member Present
Councillor Ian Davey Committee Member Present
Councillor Geoffrey Theobald OBE Committee Member Present
Here we go again, the council playing with figures, 61% sounds a lot but it was actually barely 15% who voted in favour. 1247 residency were mailed to, there were 287 responses of these 175 voted in favour which is 15%, hardly a majority and on something that effects so many people should not have been allowed to go through. Time to start thinking about elections next year. These are the Councillors who were present at the meeting and voted. The Greens voted yes (not surprisingly) but what about the Labour and Conservatives? They could have stopped this going through together but they didn't. Councillor Pete West Chair Present Councillor Lizzie Deane Deputy Chair Present Councillor Graham Cox Opposition Spokesperson Present Councillor Tony Janio Opposition Spokesperson Present Councillor Gill Mitchell Group Spokesperson Present Councillor Alan Robins Group Spokesperson Present Councillor Ruth Buckley Committee Member Present Councillor Emma Daniel Committee Member Present Councillor Ian Davey Committee Member Present Councillor Geoffrey Theobald OBE Committee Member Present ramble
  • Score: 4

2:27pm Wed 30 Jul 14

boristhespider says...

We love Red Billy wrote:
We need to ask Warren Morgan what he is actually going to do for the motorists and tax payers in the town post May 2015. Over you you Warren.
If you think a Labour administration post May 2015 will reverse any parking scheme, cut parking charges or do anything to improve a motorists life you are very much mistaken.
Lets remember the previous Labour Council: It was they who took parking enforcement from the Police in to Council hands in the first place. It was they who farmed it out to NCP on their behalf. Remember the traffic wardens patrolling at midnight handing out tickets? It was they who started the cycle lanes. It was they who started all the "road improvements", extra traffic lights, narrow roads, pedestrian crossings, re-routing of major roads, increased parking charges, residents parking schemes,. It was only when traders demonstrated that business permits were introduced. A Labour Council will make absolutely no difference to the motorists lives and will continue with the Green Partys agenda of war on the motorist. Be careful what you wish for.
[quote][p][bold]We love Red Billy[/bold] wrote: We need to ask Warren Morgan what he is actually going to do for the motorists and tax payers in the town post May 2015. Over you you Warren.[/p][/quote]If you think a Labour administration post May 2015 will reverse any parking scheme, cut parking charges or do anything to improve a motorists life you are very much mistaken. Lets remember the previous Labour Council: It was they who took parking enforcement from the Police in to Council hands in the first place. It was they who farmed it out to NCP on their behalf. Remember the traffic wardens patrolling at midnight handing out tickets? It was they who started the cycle lanes. It was they who started all the "road improvements", extra traffic lights, narrow roads, pedestrian crossings, re-routing of major roads, increased parking charges, residents parking schemes,. It was only when traders demonstrated that business permits were introduced. A Labour Council will make absolutely no difference to the motorists lives and will continue with the Green Partys agenda of war on the motorist. Be careful what you wish for. boristhespider
  • Score: 3

12:30am Thu 31 Jul 14

fairyfeet says...

NickBtn is exactly right. The issue is that the Council is not really interested in what residents think - it does these 'consultations' hoping for support for its plans; they are economical with the truth (quoting percentages of respondents, not of households surveyed), or just ignore the results if they do not fit with the Council's own plans. This happened with parking in the London Road station area a couple of years ago, in the Hamilton Road area last year, and now in the Aberdeen Road area; also with the 20mph consultation. They have the power and they use it to push through their own plans.
NickBtn is exactly right. The issue is that the Council is not really interested in what residents think - it does these 'consultations' hoping for support for its plans; they are economical with the truth (quoting percentages of respondents, not of households surveyed), or just ignore the results if they do not fit with the Council's own plans. This happened with parking in the London Road station area a couple of years ago, in the Hamilton Road area last year, and now in the Aberdeen Road area; also with the 20mph consultation. They have the power and they use it to push through their own plans. fairyfeet
  • Score: 0

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