As we enter the last fortnight of the council’s consultation period, a group of Washington Street residents have circulated a clear letter to their neighbours, setting out some convincing reasons to support a controlled parking scheme for Hanover & Elm Grove. Here’s what they said:
“Dear Washington St neighbours 16 Dec 2016
You may have read the letter posted through our letterboxes from George in Albion Hill where he gives his views against the proposed parking scheme for the area. Many of us who live in Washington St disagree with him and would like to say why.
Washington St is a narrow street that was, like much of Hanover, never designed for cars, particularly cars parked on both sides of the street. Large vans get completely stuck, and parked cars get damaged all the time.
Emergency vehicles (ambulances/fire engines) would struggle to get down this street as it currently is – so let’s hope we don’t need them. We don’t currently have doorstep bin collection, but if we did revert to that, having parking on one side only would be a great benefit for access, but there is NO EVIDENCE that this is any kind of agenda for the council at all.
Even though our streets are full of cars, these are not all Hanover cars. Study after study shows that only up to 58% of Hanover homes own a car*. The others are:
- Shoppers parking in Brighton’s last free ‘car park’
- American Express employees and commuters
- Visitors who don’t want to pay to park closer to town
- Cars owned by people in CPZ areas nearby, who don’t want to pay
- People in Brighton who leave second/third cars and camper vans here
- Garages who park all their fixed cars up here for owners to collect
So even with a reduction of parking spaces to 50% in SOME Hanover streets, take out all these others parking here and we could still assume there will be sufficient space for all residents, and then we’d get these benefits too:
- Our streets would look and feel so much nicer – not a car park anymore
- We could park without driving round for 20 minutes looking for a space
- Less air pollution
- People with buggies would be able to move around more easily
- People could gather/kids could play out on the streets more
The current situation disadvantages residents and is only a benefit for those from outside the area wanting free parking. We need the quality of life here to be the priority so please support the proposed scheme and let’s make Hanover a much better place to live! Please think carefully and vote even if you don’t have a car.
Tracy, Alick, Lesley, Jonathan, Anna, Chris and other Washington St Resis.
* The census, council surveys, residents’ surveys – into levels of car ownership, have pointed to the same conclusion; only around 50- 58% of households in Hanover have a car. It is hard to be exact on this, but it seems a reasonable prediction that – even with the reduced capacity suggested – there will be sufficient space for residents’ cars. Without a CPZ scheme this will never be the case. Thanks for reading x