More residents’ parking promised in Hove

Brunswick Square, Hove (Photograph: Nigel Cox)
Brunswick Square, Hove (Photograph: Nigel Cox)

There’s some good news for beleaguered motorists in the city - parking charges are set to be largely frozen in the next financial year.

And the council is set to create more residents’ parking bays in the Brunswick and Adelaide area, which has 272 people on the waiting list for permits.

The Zone M area sees the highest number of complaints from residents who are unable to park near their homes, according to the council.

To free up more spaces, the council’s plan is to extend Zone M to 100 spaces on the seafront, and put up the price of pay-and-display in the area - from £3 to £4.20 for two hours and from £4 to £6.20 for four hours.

The council said it expects this to increase parking turnover - and free up more shared permit/pay-and-display bays - and cut pollution from cars being driven around in a search for spaces.

Cllr Gill Mitchell, chair of the environment committee, said: “These fee changes are carefully targeted to manage exceptional demand and congestion in the city centre by ensuring an optimum turnover of spaces. We particularly want to help residents living in the seafront Brunswick area by providing them with more permits and parking availability.”

Elsewhere in the city, the council said pay-and-display fees would largely be frozen, and standard residents’ parking permits citywide would remain at £130 a year.

Annual business permits, however, will rise from £320 to £350, and a one-year traders’ permit will increase from £650 to £700.

Overall the new pricing structure aims to raise an extra two per cent in parking revenue, which the council said is intended to cover inflation and contribute towards funding transport improvements in the city.

Any profits are used to improve transport, subsidise bus routes and provide free bus passes for older and disabled people.

Changes at council-run car parks include an increase in prices at Regency Square, with the two-hour charge rising from £4 to £4.50, and four-hour fees from £8 to £9. This was put down to the increasing demand for the car park after the i360 opened.

London Road car park would get fixed prices all week aimed at making it relatively more attractive on Saturdays while reducing high demand from mid-week car commuters. It means parking for four hours during the week rises from £5 to £6, but parking for 24 hours on Saturdays decreases from £17.50 to £15.

Busy Trafalgar Street car park near Brighton Station would increase one-hour prices from £2 to £3 and two-hour charges from £4 to £6.

Proposed changes to on-street, car park and permit fees will go before Brighton and Hove City Council’s environment committee on January 17.