Parking blitz a 'success'

Vehicles parked on the pavement

Vehicles parked on the pavement

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A crackdown on bad parking has been hailed a success after dozens of misbehaving drivers were given a ticking off.

The Brighton and Hove City Council crackdown has been hailed as “very valuable” in getting the message across even though not one penalty notice was issued.

Council officers will switch their attention to five problem school run areas in October while longer-term solutions to the areas targeted in the first wave of the project are investigated.

The campaign at the end of June focused on Portland Road in Hove between Grange Road and Westbourne Street, Nevill Road in Hove at the junction with Woodland Drive, Kingsway in Hove by the King Alfred Leisure Centre and Ladies Mile Road in Brighton.

A council spokeswoman said officers did not have to give out penalty notices as drivers complied when they were spoken to.

She said: “Either the vehicle moved off when they saw the officers or moved after we had spoken to the driver advising that the parking was not lawful.”

Ladies Mile Road was deemed the busiest of the four problem areas, particularly at school opening and closing times.

Dean Gilbert from Fox and Sons estate agents in Ladies Mile Road said: “I have noticed over the past year an increase in parking wardens and quite a few people including business owners have got tickets in the area.

“But we still have parking problems during the school run.

“Most of the parents probably live close by and are probably within walking distance so that would help the situation if they left the car at home.”

In Portland Road, Sussex Police spoke to six drivers about driving on the pavement while one was cautioned about unloading close to a zebra crossing.

The council will continue twice daily enforcement in the road and provide loading bays where requested by traders to ease loading issues.

Nick Smith, owner of Syd’s Bikes 2 in Portland Road, said: “Any business needs to get their deliveries or stock taken away and there seems less and less space to do unloading and loading while traffic and footfall increase.”

At the King Alfred, where three car drivers were warned about attempting to mount the pavement, the council is looking to convert the taxi rank into permit parking.

Councillor Ian Davey, lead councillor for transport, said: “Not only did officers get the message across that parking on pavements is unacceptable, but it gave us the opportunity to talk to residents about specific issues and take forward improvements.”

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4:04pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Worriedofbrighton says...

At the King Alfred, where three car drivers were warned about attempting to mount the pavement, the council is looking to convert the taxi rank into permit parking.

More revenue then for the greens what a bunch of greedy ****.
At the King Alfred, where three car drivers were warned about attempting to mount the pavement, the council is looking to convert the taxi rank into permit parking. More revenue then for the greens what a bunch of greedy ****. Worriedofbrighton
  • Score: 15

4:55pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Brightonscouse2 says...

Worriedofbrighton wrote:
At the King Alfred, where three car drivers were warned about attempting to mount the pavement, the council is looking to convert the taxi rank into permit parking.

More revenue then for the greens what a bunch of greedy ****.
No apologist for this council. But you can hardly complain about them chasing revenue when they didn't issue a single ticket in this clamp down. They could've gone with a zero tolerance approach and issued tons. Particularly for those caught driving down the pavement.
[quote][p][bold]Worriedofbrighton[/bold] wrote: At the King Alfred, where three car drivers were warned about attempting to mount the pavement, the council is looking to convert the taxi rank into permit parking. More revenue then for the greens what a bunch of greedy ****.[/p][/quote]No apologist for this council. But you can hardly complain about them chasing revenue when they didn't issue a single ticket in this clamp down. They could've gone with a zero tolerance approach and issued tons. Particularly for those caught driving down the pavement. Brightonscouse2
  • Score: 13

5:09pm Thu 7 Aug 14

pperrin says...

Having been chucked out of the Greens - how come Ian Mad Dog Davey has any 'lead' role on the council?
Having been chucked out of the Greens - how come Ian Mad Dog Davey has any 'lead' role on the council? pperrin
  • Score: 8

5:46pm Thu 7 Aug 14

calro75 says...

The council will provide loading bays for traders when requested. What utter lies! I know this for a fact that in seven dials traders in some parts were promised these during the consultation period, so that they wouldn't object. Then decided to fill the street with clutter instead. It means now some businesses have no choice but to unload deliveries too close to crossings and partially blocking the road. Whose fault is that especially given that the pavements in those areas are extra wide. The council are full of **it and are completely against car drivers and traders.
The council will provide loading bays for traders when requested. What utter lies! I know this for a fact that in seven dials traders in some parts were promised these during the consultation period, so that they wouldn't object. Then decided to fill the street with clutter instead. It means now some businesses have no choice but to unload deliveries too close to crossings and partially blocking the road. Whose fault is that especially given that the pavements in those areas are extra wide. The council are full of **it and are completely against car drivers and traders. calro75
  • Score: 12

7:29pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Bill in Hanover says...

A police officer can't issue a ticket to a driver who has parked on the pavement, he can only do so if the driver is seen driving onto the pavement a traffic warden has no such authority unless there are double yellow lines along that stretch of road. This was highlighted when the Council wanted to inflict a residents parking zone in Elm Grove and Hanover but were rebuffed by the local residents who also advised the Council that parking on the pavement on Elm Grove wasn't a huge issue,.
A police officer can't issue a ticket to a driver who has parked on the pavement, he can only do so if the driver is seen driving onto the pavement a traffic warden has no such authority unless there are double yellow lines along that stretch of road. This was highlighted when the Council wanted to inflict a residents parking zone in Elm Grove and Hanover but were rebuffed by the local residents who also advised the Council that parking on the pavement on Elm Grove wasn't a huge issue,. Bill in Hanover
  • Score: 8

9:17pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Saltdean Resident says...

Something that bugs me about the 'they must live within walking distance' argument is this. Yes I do live about 15 min walk from my kids school but the school doors don't open until 08:45 I then have to drive my wife to work and then get myself to the office, both places of work being 15 mins apart and my wife's being 15 mins from school. So yes I do live near the school but if we walked my wife would be sacked and I would be far too late for work, on top of that we first drop the youngest at nursery in the opposite direction.
Something that bugs me about the 'they must live within walking distance' argument is this. Yes I do live about 15 min walk from my kids school but the school doors don't open until 08:45 I then have to drive my wife to work and then get myself to the office, both places of work being 15 mins apart and my wife's being 15 mins from school. So yes I do live near the school but if we walked my wife would be sacked and I would be far too late for work, on top of that we first drop the youngest at nursery in the opposite direction. Saltdean Resident
  • Score: 5

10:33pm Thu 7 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Bill in Hanover wrote:
A police officer can't issue a ticket to a driver who has parked on the pavement, he can only do so if the driver is seen driving onto the pavement a traffic warden has no such authority unless there are double yellow lines along that stretch of road. This was highlighted when the Council wanted to inflict a residents parking zone in Elm Grove and Hanover but were rebuffed by the local residents who also advised the Council that parking on the pavement on Elm Grove wasn't a huge issue,.
That's interesting as we've got PCSO's in our area who have issued fines to people parking on pavements - so they cannot legally do this? Typical of Sussex Police to be over stepping their authority.
[quote][p][bold]Bill in Hanover[/bold] wrote: A police officer can't issue a ticket to a driver who has parked on the pavement, he can only do so if the driver is seen driving onto the pavement a traffic warden has no such authority unless there are double yellow lines along that stretch of road. This was highlighted when the Council wanted to inflict a residents parking zone in Elm Grove and Hanover but were rebuffed by the local residents who also advised the Council that parking on the pavement on Elm Grove wasn't a huge issue,.[/p][/quote]That's interesting as we've got PCSO's in our area who have issued fines to people parking on pavements - so they cannot legally do this? Typical of Sussex Police to be over stepping their authority. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 2

10:45pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Max Ripple says...

Why does the Argus show a photo of Elm Grove when it's not mentioned in the article?
Why does the Argus show a photo of Elm Grove when it's not mentioned in the article? Max Ripple
  • Score: 2

1:59am Fri 8 Aug 14

whatevernext2013 says...

grand to see them looking after hove ,and chance of they sorting out the parking and traffic flow in the rest of our city
grand to see them looking after hove ,and chance of they sorting out the parking and traffic flow in the rest of our city whatevernext2013
  • Score: 0

2:34am Fri 8 Aug 14

vogon1 says...

Sorry. Just remind me again why these illegally parked vehicles managed to avoid a PCN. Given that i was given a 50 quid PCN for buying my parking ticket frm the wrong machine it makes me angry to see such flagrancy ignored by BHCC ****.
Sorry. Just remind me again why these illegally parked vehicles managed to avoid a PCN. Given that i was given a 50 quid PCN for buying my parking ticket frm the wrong machine it makes me angry to see such flagrancy ignored by BHCC ****. vogon1
  • Score: 0

8:58pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Gribbet says...

Tut, tut antisocial drivers. Can we have a crackdown in Hanover too please. Lets also issue pavement parkers with fines so they can pay for all of the pavement slabs that they've cracked under the wheels of their cars.
Tut, tut antisocial drivers. Can we have a crackdown in Hanover too please. Lets also issue pavement parkers with fines so they can pay for all of the pavement slabs that they've cracked under the wheels of their cars. Gribbet
  • Score: 0

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