Central Hove candidate, Adam Love, presented a petition for free parking at Norton Road car park to Brighton & Hove City Council on Thursday (25 Oct 2012). The meeting took place in Hove Town Hall – directly opposite the car park.
The 423 signature petition calls on the council to make parking free at weekends for everyone and at any time for residents with Zone N parking permits.
Adam Love and Central Hove councillor, Andrew Wealls, have pointed out that the car park is empty much of the time, especially on weekends.
Yet, at the same time visitors are put off coming to Hove and spending money in local businesses because of the cost and availability of parking spaces. And for residents, it is often impossible to find a space on the roads near their homes.
Love and Wealls’sproposals have also been backed by local business groups and have reported overwhelming support from the Hove residents and business people.
Commenting, Adam Love said: “I am presenting this petition to the council to highlight the unhappiness there is amongst local people with parking in our city. I hope the Green administration changes course and puts residents’ interests first, rather than treating parking as a cash cow. Offering free parking at Norton Road is the right thing to do for people and businesses in Hove.”
Central Hove Cllr Andrew Wealls added: “We’ve had near universal support for our free parking campaign and heard numerous stories of unhappiness with the present situation. It makes no sense to have car park in the centre of Hove sitting empty – let people use it for free on weekends to benefit residents, visitors and local businesses.”
Now the petition has been formally present to a meeting of the full council the issue will be referred to the Transport committee for further consideration at its meeting on 27 November.