Alternatives to sidewalk parking were sought for Elm Grove in Brighton

Alternatives to sidewalk parking are being sought for a busy street in Brighton, as councilors have agreed to look at other solutions before taking the next step towards a ban.

The move follows a request to Brighton and Hove City Council in June from Elm Grove residents asking for a “traffic code” on the street to end pavement parking.

Similar sidewalk parking regulations already apply to Portland Road, Hove, and Craven Vale and Carden Avenue in Brighton.

Green, Labor and Conservative members of the City Council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee last night agreed to push ahead with a “traffic regulation ordinance” once alternative parking solutions are considered.

At Hove Town Hall, Labor Councilor Gary Wilkinson asked the committee to agree on alternatives in the area, such as: B. angled parking spaces on the street.

Once the search for alternatives is complete, a traffic code would allow civil law enforcement officers to ticket vehicles parked on the pavement from Lewes Road to the junction with Tenantry Down Road.

Cllr Wilkinson said that in the 1980s the council had paved the old grass strips and parking there was “long accepted”, with parking being up to the “second curb”.

He said: “As a former resident of the area, my view is that locals don’t see themselves as car parks on the sidewalks, which are as wide as many in the city, with enough space for pedestrians.

“Car parks are generally free of sidewalks and on the paved shoulders that were originally put in place, giving local residents space to park.

“They work well for this purpose in most places. Calling these hard shoulders pavement is, I think, an unfortunate use of language.”

Conservative councilor Robert Nemeth voted with Labor to push through the motion for research into angled or tiered on-street parking, which could form part of a “controlled parking zone”, before the proposed ban is introduced.

Green councilors urged the committee not to go along with Labor proposals.

Green Councilwoman Elaine Hills, who represents Hanover and Elm Grove, said most residents wanted sidewalk parking to end.

The Argus: Parking on the sidewalk has already been banned in parts of the citySidewalk parking has already been banned in parts of the city (Image: Brighton and Hove City Council)

She said: “Most of the people who live there have been suffering from it for years. Cars have to drive on the sidewalk as there is often no way into a gap.

“It’s illegal to drive there. One resident said they had to pull her young child away from a car because it was driving near her home.”

Green Party colleague Jamie Lloyd, backing Cllr Hills, said Labor’s proposals would delay measures residents have wanted for years.

He said: “It is extremely dangerous and residents want to take action. They don’t want it thrown on the street. That’s a progressive thing.”

Green Councilor Steve Davis, co-chair of the committee, said the scheme is effectively a pilot project to ban sidewalk parking in Brighton and Hove. Alternatives to sidewalk parking were sought for Elm Grove in Brighton

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