Conservatives have hailed a victory in their campaign to get free parking in selected Council owned car parks in the run up to Christmas in order to give local traders a much-needed boost.
At a special meeting of the Council’s Policy & Resources Committee yesterday, the Conservatives proposal for free parking at Norton Road, London Road, Regency Square, High Street and Trafalgar Street car parks on Saturday 7th December (‘Small Business Saturday’) and the 3 Sundays before Christmas was supported by the Labour Party and so went through.
However, the meeting descended into farce as a further Conservative proposal to offer permanently reduced Sunday parking at London Road car park was blocked on legal grounds, despite it also being offered as part of the Green Administration’s own alternative Christmas parking package. The shambolic meeting can be viewed online here. The London Road proposal will now come to a later Policy & Resources Committee meeting on 5th December.
Cllr. Ann Norman, who was the Conservative Group representative at the Committee meeting said: “I am obviously delighted that we have been able to give the city’s local traders a bit of a fillip in the run up to Christmas with this package of free parking at some of the Council’s less well-used car parks. Free or reduced parking during the festive period is offered by councils up and down the country and has proved successful in attracting additional shoppers to these areas. It’s high time that Brighton & Hove followed suit, particularly with the ‘rip off parking’ tag that has been acquired under the Green Administration in recent years. Following yesterday’s farce over reduced price parking at London Road car park we shall also continue pressing for this to be implemented in the new year and would like to see a similar scheme at the massively underused Norton Road car park at Hove Town Hall.”