Brighton parking fees cut after traders complain

Parking charges on the main road out of Brighton are to be reduced after traders claimed they were putting their businesses in jeopardy.

Traders in London Road said shops were "hanging on by a thread" after street parking doubled from £1.70 to £3.50 an hour and from £3 to £6 for two hours.

Brighton and Hove City Council said it would cut charges to £2, £4 and £6 for one, two and four hours early in 2013.

Councillor Ian Davey said the transport committee had listened to the traders.

'Support traders'

He said the planned cuts to parking charges had been due to come into effect from April 2013, subject to the approval of the full council.

"We recognise that business in the area has suffered over the past couple of decades and we are listening and taking steps to support local companies, particularly traders," he said.

"London Road already has excellent public transport links and a car park which costs from £1 for one hour on weekdays.

"With the redevelopment of The Level and the Open Market, we believe that the future of the London Road is very bright indeed."

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