Match-day parking review for streets near Amex Stadium

American Express Community Stadium, home of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club (photo by Google Maps Street View)
American Express Community Stadium, home of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club (photo by Google Maps Street View)

Residents’ parking permits for streets close to the Amex Stadium are under review.

People living in Coldean and Moulsecoomb currently have the option of a free permit on match days when parking restrictions are enforced to stop football fans parking in the streets.

Lucraft Road near the Amex Stadium (photo by Google Maps)

Lucraft Road near the Amex Stadium (photo by Google Maps)

Households can also pick up visitors permits for £2.60 a day from Brighton and Hove City Council.

In a consultation questionnaire residents are asked what they think works and what does not work with match day parking in their area.

There are different issues in each area when it comes to parking permits.

Hollingdean and Stanmer ward councillor Tracey Hill urged people living in Coldean and on the Bates Estate off Lewes Road to complete the forms.

Both areas experience issues with overflow parking from the universities outside of match days.

Councillor Hill said: “The main things that come up are not to do with match days themselves but university-related issues.

“In Coldean, students living at Varley Park are not supposed to bring cars to the city, but many seem to do so and park in residential streets although these cars do disappear on match days which is quite mysterious!

“If there were a way of enforcing the no-car rule things could be a lot better. I have been asking if the council and the University of Brighton could work together on this.

“The Bates Estate has had issues with displacement parking for the university during building works connected to Preston Barracks.

“Verge parking is damaging the grass and access for refuse and recycling has sometimes been a problem.

“This review is an opportunity to raise all these issues. Nearby, the Coombe Road area including Saunders Park is also due to be consulted on whether they want permit parking which could have a knock-on effect.”

There are different issues in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, according to ward councillor Daniel Yates.

Initially visitor permits were also free, resulting in a trade, according to Councillor Yates.

He said: “There is a big problem with the business of visitors’ permits because they were not charged for and did not have a date to rub off.

“You could give the permit to any vehicle for four years and people were selling them on eBay.

“The other issues is internal zone parking. The zone runs up to The Avenue in Bevendean and people from there are driving down to the Amex and parking for match days with a perfectly valid parking permit in the window.”

There are separate questionnaires for people living in Coldean and Moulsecoomb.

To complete the survey visit the council’s website.

The consultation closes on Friday 13 September with the results due to go before the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee in November.