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Residents-only parking see Brighton streets empty
2:30pm Friday 7th September 2012 in News
Buy this photo » Just a few cars in John Street in central Brighton
A week ago these city centre streets were packed with cars.
But after Brighton and Hove City Council extended its residents’ parking zone, there is hardly a vehicle in sight.
The changes were brought in the Queens Park and Canning Street areas by the local authority on Saturday after it said residents supported the schemes.
However, some have questioned why there are so many empty streets in the centre of the city – which is just yards away from local traders.
One user, who did not want be named, said: “It has made a dozen empty city streets. Empty parking spaces are bad for the city.”
Steve Percy, of the People’s Parking Protest, said: “There’s only one reason they have done this and that is to take money from people for parking.”
A council spokeswoman said: “The vast majority of available permits in the scheme extensions have already been taken up and the new parking area C is now operating at 85% of capacity.
“As with all parking schemes we would expect variations in demand for spaces to settle |down over the next few months as the schemes become established.”