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Brighton and Hove council parking map under fire
A council map produced to show visitors where they can park cheaply has come under fire for leaving off major commercial car parks.
The Brighton and Hove City Council document displays the different tariffs available for one hour parking across the area. The map has been circulated to members of the Brighton and Hove Business Support Partnership for their comments. It shows the high, medium and low rate zones across the city plus the council-run multi-storey and pay and display car parks. But last night the operators of the NCP car parks said the map was misleading and could put people off visiting the city.
The map does not show NCP’s car parks at Russell Road, North Road and Church Street as well as the Churchill Square car park.
Derek Hulyer, the head of operations at NCP, said: “We work very closely with Brighton businesses, such as Brilliant Brighton and North Laine Traders Association, to encourage visitors to park and shop in the high street.
“Our concern with this map as it stands is that it doesn’t illustrate all the parking offers available, such as early bird discounts and all-day rates and as a result could discourage people from visiting the city centre.
“Our work with the Brighton BID, for example, has meant we have successfully launched a City Saver Scheme of just £3.50 a day for BID members. Our early bird scheme allows parking all day for just £5.50.
“We welcome any opportunity to continue to join forces to encourage consumers into the high street and hope that any marketing literature produced will work to achieve that goal.”
A council spokeswoman said: “We welcome NCP’s views. This is a consultative document and there may be an opportunity to include other car parks in the future.
“These measures will help encourage traffic away from the most congested parts of the city centre, reducing the amount of time visitors spend in traffic jams, and allowing them to spend more time and money in our shops, restaurants and attractions.
“The map is available online. “Hard copies will also be available in the council’s parking information centre, tourist information centres and council office buildings.”
You can see the online version of the parking map via this link .
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