Queen’s Park Labour Councillor Nick Childs today demanded action from the Green Council administration, and asked what will be done to address the issue of cars parking on pavements and verges.
Cllr Childs asked the question following complaints from residents of Valley Gardens and Queens Park ward and follows many complaints across the city.
Unlike in London where verge and pavement parking is unlawful, in Brighton & Hove, specific Traffic Orders need to be enacted to each area. This can be undertaken and has been successfully applied recently to areas like Pool Valley.
Commenting on the situation, Cllr Childs said:
“It is difficult to park in the city and I do sympathise with car users trying to go about their daily business. However, the widespread problems of pavement parking for disabled persons and those using pushchairs needs to be addressed.
“Cars blocking pavements is really stressful for many pedestrians and can lead to accidents as users are at risk of falls or injury as they are forced to walk in the road. As an inclusive city intent on promoting active travel, we must ensure that pavements are clear for all users and that cars are parked responsibly.
“I call on the Council to take urgent action to improve access across Brighton & Hove.”
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