A resident-led campaign to improve where we live
Have you received a flyer putatively from us through your letterbox or under your windscreen wiper?
These are not from One Hollingdean. We do not, and have never, used door-to-door marketing in this fashion. Further we do not agree with nor support the contents of these leaflets and believe them to be inappropriately alarmist, quoting costs and consequences which simply are not true.
As a local, resident-led campaign, we strongly support the introduction of restricted residents parking within our neighbourhoods, under certain considerations.
As far as we have been able to tell these flyers originate from a group of individuals whom are not residents of Hollingdean, and do not have local interest at heart. These appear to be people who benefit from being able to park on our streets for free: to store their second and third cars here, store their works vehicles and campervans, and use Hollingdean as a stepping point in their commute into the city.
We maintain that introducing controlled residents parking in Hollingdean will significantly improve the quality of life for our residents. It will reduce traffic, reduce pollution (both air and noise), and it will make our roads safer.
Alarmist fliers make a reappearance in Hollingdean
During the initial consultation last year, fliers started to appear across Hollingdean tucked under car windwscreen wipers and pushed through letterboxes. They were deliberately styled and branded to appear as though they had come from us - a formal residential group. This was not the case.
They quoted inaccurate and alarmist details about the consequences of a residential parking scheme here, and begged residents to vote against the proposals in that initial consultation.
At the time, residents were able to speak to the individuals distributing these fliers and discover that they were not Hollingdean. One was a Seven Dials resident who had been asked by her son's school PTA to distribute them; another was a resident from Fiveways who admitted to using Hollingdean to park his - multiple - vehicles.
These are not people who have the interest of Hollingdean residents at heart.
This week we have started to see similar fliers appear again - although at least this time not proporting to be from us!
They follow the same tired format of over-exagerrating permit costs, and urging residents to vote against the proposed plan. The irony being: the majority of the vehicles they have placed fliers on do not belong to Hollingdean residents.
Again: these originate from, and are being distributed by, non-residents who stand to lose a lot if they are unable to use Hollingdean as their personal car park and vehicle storage. Not the local residents who suffer and struggle with additional polution, traffic, and congested streets as a result.
It is important that every resident is able to form and share their own opinion in the survey if they should so wish. Please do not be fooled by these fliers: the facts they quote are easily demonstratable as false, and the people putting them there do not have your best interst in mind. Only their own.
It is likely no conincidence that these have begun to appear now - as we enter the final week of the consultation.
If you have not already done so, and feel you would like, please make sure you compelte the survey on the council website below. The consultation ends on the 4th of June.
Full scheme consultation begins
What should now be the final stage of the council's consultations regarding parking in Hollingdean has begun and can be accessed and filled in (by residents and business owners within the zone) here:
This will run until the 4th June. We now urge all residents and business owners within the zone (who will be receiving further details from the council in the post in the coming days) to fill in the survey to make sure that your opinions and wishes are presented to the council.
Click on the image to see the proposed plan in greater detail. This shows exactly as we expected, with the majority of parking within the area being set aside specifically for the use of local residents and their visitors. Whilst there are significant amounts of shared parking bays included (purple on the map), these are limited to either permit holders, or paying vehicle owners. Non-permit holders will only be able to use these spaces for a maximum of four hours, and will be unable to return within the following four hours.
This seems like a fair compormise between ensuring resident access to parking near their homes, and the needs of their visitors. It also removes the requirement to use limited visitor permits when residents have visitors.
Non-zone consultation results
Following from the additional consultation held in October, in which Hollingdean residents who's addresses fall outside of the new Hollingdean parking permit zone were asked whether they would like to also be included, the results have now been published.
The results showed a further 52% support for a residents parking scheme.
However, the overall turnout for this additional consultation was extremely low, with only 11% of the 1,279 households contacted taking part. Taking this low turn-out into account, the committee have agreed that no change should be made to the Hollingdean detailed design consultation boundary. The process continues as before.
Also provided in agenda for January's meeting was an expected timeline (published for the first time), which suggests that we can expect to see full implementation of the scheme before the end of the year. This is a disappointing slip from the original promises made by the council, but at least it also now means that the end is in sight for our residents.
Non-zone residents to be consulted
The council is now reaching out to those Hollingdean residents who live in roads that voted 'no' during the original consultation. As we have seen in Hollingdean when neighbouring zones have been introduced (and in particular Zone G on Hollingbury Road), there is a concern around displacement parking.
Those streets without parking controls are very likely to find that individuals who had previously used the wider Hollingdean area to park their second and third cars, use as part of their commute into Brighton, or store their camper cans, will instead park on those remaining 'free' roads. This will have the effect of compressing those vehicles into a smaller area, making parking for those residents more difficult still.
As a second stage to our parking consultation, residents on these roads within Hollingdean will be receiving a letter explaining these circumstances, and asking for their opinion on whether they would like their road to be included in the final design consultation.
This stage of the consultation starts on the 28th October and is only available to residents living on roads within Hollingdean not listed in our previous update (below). Share your thoughts with the council on the link below (from the 28th, and before the 20th November):
If the results of this show any signficant change in opinion, these will be reported back to the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee in January, to seek approval for those additional roads to included.
Further into the future, we expect that the design consultation stage will occur in the Spring of next year, with the finalised zone confirmed implemented in time for the summer.
The Majority of Hollingdean residents vote for parking controls
Long anticipated, the results of the recent parking consultation here in Hollingdean were published by the council earlier this month.
As predicted, more than half of Hollingdean residents voted in favour of controlled parking within our neighbourhoods.
This is in direct contradiction to the misleading article published by Felice Southwell for Brighton & Hove News, who (wrongly) claims that residents had rejected parking controls.
Also as predicted, there were significant differences in the level of support across different areas of our ward. Areas to the South and West were particularly supportive (with many roads showing support in excess of 80%), whilst areas towards the East voted more modestly.
Taking this into account, it has been proposed (and is now being actioned by the council), that they focus on the introduction of controlled parking in the area of Hollingdean where support was highest.
This will be a full scheme, operating from 9am to 8pm, seven days of the week.
This is being actioned on the condition (as we requested) that those residents of Hollingdean currently falling outside of the new zone, be written to by the council and given further opportunity to join the zone should they wish; and that this should happen as soon as is possible after the zone is implemented.
The map included here shows the layout of this new zone, which will encompass the following streets within Hollingdean:
- Adams Close
- Barnett Road
- Davey Drive
- Dudley Road
- Dunster Close
- Freehold Terrace
- Harrington Place
- Hertford Road
- Hollingbury Crescent
- Hollingbury Place
- Hollingbury Rise
- Hollingbury Rise West
- Hollingdean Road
- Hollingdean Terrace
- Horton Road
- Major Close
- Payne Terrace
- Quarry Bank Road
- Roedale Road
- Stanmer Park Road
- Stanmer Villas
- The Crossway
- The Linkway
- Tintern Close
- Upper Hollingdean Road
- Waverley Crescent
- Wigmore Close
If you are a resident of one of these roads: you will be in the new parking zone.
The council will hold a second consultation shortly during which they will write to you to present the zone design and offer an opportunity to feed back.
If you are a Hollingdean resident but not of one of these roads: you will not be in the new parking zone.
It is unlikely that you will be further involved in the consultation process this time around. You will, however, be written to by the council in due course to explain your options and (potentially) offer the opportunity of a second consultation to include your roads.
We are pleased to see that council workers have already been spotted surveying the new zone. We look forward to more information before Christmas.
With the latest parking consultation for Hollingdean now complete we reached out to council officials in the 'Parking Design & Implementation' team for comment. Although a significant amount of analysis is yet to be undertaken, and no official results will be published for some time, they were able to comment that results appeared to be 'significantly in favour' of a scheme within Hollingdean.
This means that work to design a suitable scheme has begun, and which will be presented and considered at the next Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee on 20th September. Full results will be available on the council committee page approximately a week prior to the committee meeting.
Whilst it is not possible to draw further conclusions at this time, it seems extremely likely that we may see (at least in part) the introduction of controlled resident parking in the following months.
It is important to remember that Hollingdean is a large and diverse ward within Brighton. Parking has been a contentious issue here for many years; areas of Hollingdean that border existing parking control schemes in Fiveways and Lewes Road in particular have been outspoken on the issue for many years. Conversely, areas of Hollingdean further North and East (and in particular in the estate itself) have seen very little problems.
This has historically led to a significant split in residents who are desperate for, and who are strongly against, controlled parking within their area.
We expect the council to treat the results of this consultation on a more granular level than seen previously. Rather than introducing (or not introducing) permits across the ward, this would potentially mean new schemes on streets or local areas where support is highest (mainly to the South of Hollingbury Place, and to the West of Hollingdean Terrace), and perhaps not where support has proven to be lower.
We feel that this would be a fair solution to a democratic process. However, it would also likely mean further displacement of non-resident parking into areas of Hollingdean (and surrounding) where parking remained uncontrolled.
We wait to hear more from the council in the coming weeks.