The introduction of new parking charges in Brighton has cut trade by 25%, according to local businesses.
Fees were doubled this April on the main highway out of the town – London Road – with shopowners accusing the Green-run Brighton and Hove council of having no business acumen.
Chair of the local trader’s association, Ann Townsend, told the BBC: ‘Quite a few businesses are hanging on by a thread since the parking charges were implemented.’
Cllr Ian Davey said he would be pleased to discuss the issue with businesses, which described trading conditions as ‘devastating’ since the introduction of the new charging regime.
Many local authorities introduce free parking over the Christmas period to encourage shoppers to town centres, but in previous years Brighton has continued to enforce over the season – including on Christmas and Boxing Day.
Cllr Davey said: ‘We would be really happy to speak to the traders and listen to their issues and look at the balance between the needs of the residents and the traders.’