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Match day parking permits solution
Match day parking permits for residents have been proposed to prevent Albion supporters from clogging up residential roads.
Brighton and Hove City Council are proposing that residents in Coldean and Moulsecoomb be issued with permits that would allow them to park in their own streets on match days.
The move has been proposed to prevent Seagulls’ supporters parking close to the stadium in unofficial parking areas.
Residents have cautiously welcomed the moves to eradicate the parking problem which they have described as a “nightmare” since the stadium opened last summer.
A month-long consultation will start on September 17 and the scheme could be up and running as early as next spring.
The costs will be met by Brighton and Hove Albion and forms part of the planning permission granted for the expansion of the Amex.
Four thousand households and businesses will be sent questionnaires about the proposal.
Households will be permitted one permit for every vehicle registered to that address and given one free visitor permit.
An additional 25 visitor permits can be bought during the season. The scheme, which will focus around four junctions in Coldean and two in Moulsecoomb, will be reviewed after its first year.
Carol Lynn of Coldean Residents Association, said she welcomed the move but said that measures needed to be taken now and not in six months time.
She said: “At the last match day, it was chock-a-block.
“We had a bus stuck at Forest Road because there was no room for it to go down the road.
“Parking is as bad now as it has ever been, there are more supporters going to the stadium this season.”
An Albion spokesman said: “It is important that Albion supporters respect all of our neighbours, and we have made it clear they must not park in Moulsecoomb or Coldean.
“We ask all fans to use one of the many sustainable methods of transport available and included in their Amex ticket price.”
Councillor Matt Follett, deputy chairman of the transport committee, said the scheme would operate all day when there are matches or events at the Amex.
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