Conservatives are backing seafront traders who have described the massive increases in parking charges imposed by the Green Administration as an “unmitigated disaster”.
Twenty businesses have come together to urge the Greens to reinstate the parking charges at last year’s rates and have requested a meeting with Cllr. Ian Davey– Chairman of the Council’s Transport Committee – to put their case.
At the Council’s Budget setting meeting in February, Conservatives put forward a number of amendments that would have made life easier for local businesses, including reducing the cost of Business and Trader Permits and reducing charges at the Council’s flagship Lanes Car Park. Unfortunately, the Labour Group failed to support either of these measures.
Conservative Group Transport Spokesman – Cllr. Graham Cox – said: “Following the more than doubling of charges along parts of the seafront, traders have seen their business drop off significantly, particularly along the Madeira Drive stretch. I would urge Cllr. Davey to meet with these traders to hear what they have to say. At the moment, he seems to have his head buried firmly in the sand and is completely oblivious to the problems that they are facing as a result of his parking charge increases.”
Conservative Group Leader – Cllr.Geoffrey Theobald- added: “Traders need all the help they can get at the moment and I’m afraid that the problems that those businesses on the seafront are now experiencing will be felt more widely across the city when people start to realise just how expensive it now is to park in Brighton & Hove. I was extremely disappointed that the Labour Group failed to back up their words of support for local businesses by voting for any of the measures we put forward at Budget Council. Labour also refused to vote with us to remove the Greens’ control of the Transport Committee that would have enabled us to work together to block some of their more damaging policies.”