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U-turn over Brighton seafront parking

Council chiefs have reversed their policy on seafront parking charges.

Brighton and Hove City Council has reached an agreement with traders in Madeira Drive and hoteliers in the New Steine to introduce new tariffs in the areas. The decision marks a major victory for The Argus Park the Charges campaign.

In April 2012, the council doubled summer parking charges on the seafront, increasing the top rate to £20 for 11 hours’ parking and demanded that motorists paid for it in coins.

Traders and residents backed the campaign saying the move was driving small firms out of business. The new tariffs under discussion include dropping the eight-hour tariff altogether, reducing the 11-hour tariff from £20 to £15 and reducing the four-hour tariff from £15 to £10.

Nigel Pragnell director at Brighton Homes letting agent, praised the Argus campaign but said the battle was not over. He further added that the council should go further and bring back the £10 all-day charge. This is a move in the right direction but why stop there, it worked perfectly well before the changes.”