Match-day parking scheme to benefit residents

Besi Besemar January 13, 2013

Cllr Ian Davey
Cllr Ian Davey

Residents in Coldean and Moulsecoomb have given the thumbs up on proposals to provide a dedicated parking scheme during match days and large events at the Amex Community Stadium.

Consultation carried out in the autumn revealed that, in Coldean, over 78% of those who responded were in favour, while 68% supported the proposals in Moulsecoomb.

The results will be considered by the Transport Committee on January 15 which will decide whether to move on to the final design of the scheme.

Councillor Ian Davey, chair of the city’s transport committee, said:

“The council has been working closely with residents and Brighton & Hove Albion on these proposals in order to find the right solution to the problems residents have been experiencing with parking and to help ensure the ongoing success of the football club. 

“We’d like to thank Brighton & Hove Albion for their support in developing these proposals and residents and businesses who have taken part in the consultation. If agreed by the committee, we will be taking people’s comments into consideration when drawing up the detailed design of the scheme.”

The proposed new scheme would include 46 streets in Moulsecoomb and 33 streets in Coldean.

It is proposed that the scheme would have 24 hour operation on match and event days and that resident and business permits would be free.

Each household would qualify for one free resident permit for every registered vehicle and one free visitor permit for every adult each year (plus they would be able to purchase further visitor permits at £2.50 a day, up to a maximum of 25).

Local businesses would also be able to apply for permits. Blue badge holders and motorcycles would not need a permit.

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club is funding the residents’ scheme as part of the planning permission granted for additional seating at the stadium. The club was also consulted and expressed its support for the proposal.

Four thousand households and businesses were sent questionnaires about the proposal and people were invited to take part online. There were also public exhibitions and council officers gathered views at community meetings.

If agreed, the Amex Community Stadium residents’ parking scheme could be in place next June in time for summer events and the start of the 2013/14 football season.