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E-petition sparks council debate on Sunday parking fees

Sunday parking charges in Brighton & Hove are to be discussed by the full council

Councillors at Brighton & Hove City Council are to discuss scrapping parking charges for council run car parks and on street parking on Sundays.

The debate has been prompted by an online petition signed by more than 1,250 people.

More than 1,250 people have signed an e-petition calling for the removal of Sunday parking charges

South West Trains hit back over rise in parking charges

The biggest rail company in the country hit back at critics of its rises in station car parking charges.

South West Trains said there will be no increase at Guilford, Southampton Central and Woking railway stations.

The company are also investing millions to increase the number of spaces at car parks in Fleet, Farnborough and Winchester.

Some individual tickets will go up by just under 7%. Stations like Basingstoke and Brookwood will see daily charges rise by 50p to £8.

But others will be frozen and season tickets will go up by 1.2%.

Unions have been accused of issuing inaccurate figures over this years rise.

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Over £1000 a year to park at railway station in Sussex

Thousands of rail passengers have been hit by inflation busting rises to park at stations, sparking a major row.

Commuters in Basingstoke will now have to pay £8 a day, which is up by 50p. Brighton saw prices rise from £12 a day to £12.50.

Those who live in Hayward Heath in West Sussex face paying £1,138 for an annual permit.

Southern have raised its average overall rise to around 5% and 3.5% for season tickets, while South West Trains said they had increased parking charges by 3.8%. The two companies introduced the biggest increases.

Southern says it has invested 8.2 million pounds on car park facilities and has added 1,100 extra spaces across the network.

Southeastern said its rise was 3%, about 20p or 30p for most people.

First Great Western said it had no increases and are in fact cutting weekend parking at stations by 50%.

VIDEO: More parking at Hampshire stations

Over the coming months more car park spaces are being built at busy stations - to deal with the problem of overcrowding.

Farnborough station will see the biggest increase - with an extra 243 bays. Fleet will see an extra 153 parking spaces.

And at Winchester 113 spaces will be created. The bad news? Major disruption while the work gets underway as Sally Simmonds reports.

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Parking profit is re-invested.

Brighton and Hove Council say they plough any profit from parking in the city back into transport for the community. Councillor Ian Davey, lead member for transport, said: “Any surplus income from parking in Brighton & Hove is invested back into transport for the benefit

of residents, businesses and visitors. Specifically the surplus was used to subsidise free bus travel for older people (£9.2 million) which is expected to rise to over £10 million this year, as well as capital investment for transport infrastructure, road safety and public transport

improvements. We have also invested £4.2 million on refurbishing our car parks."

Highest council incomes from off-street parking

Nearly half of the highest incomes collected from off-street parking in England are made by councils in our region.

  • Cornwall £13.2m
  • Birmingham £9.5m
  • Newcastle upon Tyne £9.5m
  • Guildford £9.2m
  • Cambridge £8.7m
  • Bath and North East Somerset £8m
  • Oxford £7.2m
  • Colchester £6.8m
  • Bournemouth £6.8m
  • Southampton £6.5m
  • Wiltshire £6.4m
  • York £6.1m
  • Canterbury £5.9m
  • Woking £5.9m
  • Brighton & Hove £5.7m
  • Windsor & Maidenhead £5.4
  • Leeds £5.4m
  • Exeter £5.4m
  • Swindon £5.2m
  • City of Nottingham £5.2m
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