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Brighton and Hove city car pound 'waste of money'

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Image caption Brighton council said illegally-parked cars would no longer be towed away and impounded

A city car pound is to be scrapped under plans set out by Brighton and Hove City Council.

The council said illegally-parked cars would no longer be towed away and impounded but moved to a space nearby.

In a statement, the council said using a car pound was "too harsh on drivers and a waste of taxpayers' money".

The current on-street parking contract ends in July. The city's new contract, which is recommended for approval next month, will not include a car pound.

'No vehicle removal charge'

Papers submitted to the transport committee said most councils did not remove vehicles and did not have a fully-staffed car pound.

The report said the move would save about £130,000 a year.

A trial carried out last year tested the system of relocating vehicles to a legal position nearby instead of removing them, it added.

The council said drivers whose vehicles were moved would still be fined the standard parking ticket rate of £50 or £70, and would be able to contact police for their vehicle's location, but there would be no additional charge for moving the vehicle.

The council currently removes about 900 vehicles a year to the car pound.

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