“How is Brighton City Council helping businesses in the wake of the pandemic?”

The question certainly needs to be asked: how is the Brighton and Hove’s Green/Labor Council Coalition supporting Brighton and Hove businesses in the wake of the pandemic?

1. Commercial vehicles are no longer allowed to park in municipal parking lots

2. Dealers’ vehicles may not be allowed to purchase dealer parking permits if they are deemed too high-emission or physically high, unfairly penalizing companies dealing with large objects such as double glazing. Also, let’s not forget that ALL vehicles must pass annual statutory emissions tests to stay on the road. So why does the council take it upon themselves to continue penalizing them for emissions?

3. Dealers’ vehicles cannot park in designated parking spaces after 5:00 p.m. and often have to move their vehicles beforehand when parking spaces are time-limited, costing valuable time of their working day.

4. Dealers’ vehicle permit fees are increasing in price every year – in some cases up to £1,400,

5. Multiple road closures, new bike lanes and the expansion of sidewalks in the city center mean that the city center has become a no-go area for some traders and contractors. Either that, or they’ll be forced to add daily parking fees to their customers.

6. Unwanted bike lanes and road closures mean it takes twice as long to travel from one side of the city to the other since 2019, wasting valuable time and causing unnecessary congestion/pollution. These road closures and restrictions continue with the proposed closure of Gardner Street and the extension of the A259 cycle lane, followed by a new cycle lane along Marina Drive and the T junction to replace the Aquarium roundabout at Palace Pier, all against the will of the citizens.

7. Many merchants and entrepreneurs advise that they either move out of town or do business in other areas to move away.

8. The greenest option of supporting local businesses that employ locals is not supported, which means more contractors/dealers end up arriving from out of town, adding on their travel and other expenses and not offering local employment.

9. The Council introduces LTN (Low Traffic Neighborhood) regulations, although these have failed or even been reversed in other parts of the country, and intends to introduce ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zones) and emission fees.

Of course, our Green-Labour coalition will claim they have net zero targets to achieve, but where is the evidence that their above actions support those net zero targets when all of their actions appear to add congestion and more emissions causing an exodus of local traders and businesspeople squeezing out of the city, meaning they are importing their missing trades and services from further afield / at greater environmental and monetary costs?

Finally, where is the local Chamber of Commerce? Deafening silence from them in supporting local businesses in this vehicular war waged against them. No wonder they are losing members in droves.

Laura King

on behalf of the Friends of Brighton and Hove Citizens Action Group

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