ePetition - Free parking at Norton Road car park

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Free parking at Norton Road car park

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to call for changes at Norton Road car park (opposite Hove Town Hall) for the benefit of residents, local businesses and visitors. Specifically, the introduction of: • Free parking for everyone at weekends, and; • Free parking for Zone N parking permit holders at all times.

Norton Road car park is empty much of the time, especially at weekends. Yet, visitors are put off coming to our city and spending money in local businesses because of the cost of parking. For residents, it’s often impossible to find a nearby space on the roads near their homes.

Norton Road should not sit empty, attracting graffiti. It should be available to help residents and our city. That way, residents not able to find a space would have somewhere to park, local businesses would benefit from more visitors and anti-social behaviour in the car park would be reduced because it wouldn’t be vacant.

This change would cost Brighton & Hove City Council little, while benefiting residents, businesses and visitors a great deal.

This e-petition will be presented to the Council meeting on the 25th October, 2012.

Started by: adam love

This ePetition ran from 13/09/2012 to 29/11/2012 and has now finished.

110 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Response provided by the Chair of the Transport Committee on 27 November 2012:

"We have no plans to introduce free parking at Norton Road car park because this would be inconsistent with our efforts to encourage sustainable transport, reduce congestion across the city and meet EU targets for reducing air pollution.
Free parking will serve to generate traffic and cause further congestion.
If the car park is free, it is likely to be full at times when visitors and residents would like to access local shops and businesses. The cost of maintaining and operating Norton Road car park is significant. So we do need to cover those costs by charging a fee".


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