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Conservatives call for Christmas parking ‘present’ for local traders


Conservatives on Brighton & Hove City Council are calling on the Green Administration to reduce parking charges over the festive period in order to give local traders a much needed boost in the run up to Christmas.

Many other towns across Sussex, such as Crawley, Horsham, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, East Grinstead, Seaford and Newhaven, are already advertising reduced Christmas tariffs.

Conservative Group Leader – Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald – said: “We are calling for the Green Administration to give local traders the ideal Christmas present by reducing parking charges over the festive period. After all the damage that the Greens have caused as a result of the massive parking increases they imposed earlier this year, this is the least that our local businesses deserve. I would suggest that it be targeted on the parts of the city that have been suffering most because of these astronomical increases such as London Road, Madeira Drive and some of the local shopping areas in Hove and Portslade.”

Finance Spokesperson – Cllr. Ann Norman added: “This is a time of year when hard pressed businesses need as much help as we can give them to make the most of the money that will be spent during December. We need to attract people to stay in our hotels and guest houses, eat in our cafes and restaurants, visit the Theatre Royal and Royal Pavilion and spend their hard earned money in our shops. There is a real danger that if the Greens don’t act, people will simply take their trade to the other towns in Sussex where parking charges are being reduced.”

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For further information please contact Cllr. Theobald on 07753636203