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Brighton and Hove free Christmas parking plan approved

Free parking in Brighton for four weekend days in the run up to Christmas has been approved despite opposition.

Councillors voted to lift parking charges for motorists in five car parks on 6, 7, 14 and 21 December.

Roadworks will also be suspended in busy areas between 1 December and 2 January to ease traffic flow.

Members of the Green Party, which has minority control of the council, wanted the £64,000 cost of the scheme to be used to improve road safety.

Councillors on the authority's Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee decided to approve the free parking plan, which had been recommended for refusal, on Wednesday.

Officers reported the scheme would cost the council about £64,000 in lost revenue and "there was no evidence to show that free parking had a beneficial impact on local businesses".

Labour and Conservative councillors have previously supported plans for the introduction of free parking on Sundays.

The free spaces will be available in Brighton and Hove's Trafalgar Street, High Street, Regency Square, London Road and Norton Road car parks.

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