Purna Sen, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion, says proposals to increase parking charges in the city will damage local businesses and is another hit in the pocket for residents.
The increases published by the Green-led council, will be decided on the 20th January. As well as an increase in fees at most of the local authority’s car parks, resident's permits are set to rise as are most on-street parking charges.
Speaking out against the proposals, Purna Sen, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion said:
Just about all the business people I talk to in the City complain about the effect on their trade of high parking charges.
These continuing increases hit businesses across the City. It’s not only traders in the City centre.
What about the builders, plumbers, decorators, gas engineers, electricians etc, many based on the outskirts, who need their vans to get to the jobs we want them to do and who will be hit by increased on-street charges?
As for visitors – if the Greens are really concerned about traffic congestion why not show a bit of imagination? Instead of trying to price drivers out of the City, they should drop their blinkered opposition and back organisations like the Tourism Alliance who are calling for a proper park and ride scheme as part of a long-term solution. I do.