Call for review of Hove parking zones after ‘shuffling’ complaints

Lawrence Road, Hove
Lawrence Road, Hove

Drivers shuffling their cars from one parking zone to another are annoying neighbours in Hove.

Light-touch parking zones introduced in West Hove are affecting in particular people living in Lawrence Road and Raphael Road.

Their issues with parking were raised by a deputation to Brighton and Hove City Council at Brighton Town Hall on Thursday (January 31).

The deputation was led by Ivan Lyons, one of the two Conservative candidates for Westbourne ward in the forthcoming local elections in May.

Mr Lyons urged the council to review the parking zones, having carried out a survey of people in the area.

A total of 130 people responded, with 54 of them from Lawrence Road in parking zone W, where there are parking restrictions from 10am to 11am and 7pm to 8pm daily.

The new neighbouring zone L has restrictions from 11am to noon and 6pm to 7pm.

Mr Lyons said: “In the afternoon you see cars shuffling in to Lawrence Road. I have witnessed this.

“At the very least the council should consult with residents in Lawrence Road and review the parking restrictions.”

More than 60 per cent of residents who responded to Mr Lyons’s survey wanted to see a change in parking restrictions.

Mr Lyons told a meeting of the full council that most people in Lawrence Road and Raphael Road wanted to see full parking restrictions from 9am to 8pm.

Labour councillor Gill Mitchell, who chairs the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said that the concerns raised would be “carefully considered”.

The issue will be brought before the next meeting of the committee at Hove Town Hall on Tuesday, March 19.