Thousands more Brighton homes could get residents’ parking

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Around 10,000 homes in Brighton & Hove are about to be asked for views on introducing residents’ parking into their areas.

Letters and questionnaires are going out to four areas shortly, said a Brighton & Hove City Council spokesperson.

In Craven Vale and Hanover & Elm Grove around 8,000 homes will receive a questionnaire with a map showing how controlled parking could be arranged in various streets. Residents will be asked whether they want any restrictions to operate all day or for limited hours – and they can say whether they would prefer schemes to operate Monday to Friday or Monday to Sunday, added the spokesperson.

Any comments can also be added to survey forms.

Four hundred homes in streets near Queen’s Park, Zone U, are being asked if they want to change their current part-time restrictions to full-time. This follows a petition from residents complaining that it was difficult to park because streets were filling with non-residents’ cars outside two restricted periods, which end at 3pm.

In West Hove residents are being asked a second time if they want a parking scheme. They rejected one in 2013 except for a small section near Wish Park, which went ahead. Now residents in areas that turned the scheme down are asking the council to revive the idea as parking problems are increasing. Around 2400 homes will get letters.

Consultation for Craven Vale, Area U and Hanover & Elm Grove starts on Thursday December 1. Information and forms are being posted out to homes, with a return deadline of January 13. West Hove is likely to go out shortly afterwards, with the same return date.

All consultations will include an option to reject any changes to parking controls.

Results of the consultations will be reported to the environment committee on March 14.

Chair of the environment committee Cllr Gill Mitchell said: “As always we’re being guided by residents rather than imposing anything. Parking restrictions can reduce traffic and make areas more pleasant and safe, but ultimately it’s up to those who live there.”

More information about parking consultations, public exhibitions and how to give feedback is on the council website www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

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