He has since launched a campaign to cut parking charges in Brighton and Hove called ‘Brighton Parking Madness’.
He says ‘As the Member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown, and a Brighton resident, I am strongly opposed to the Green run council’s huge increases in the cost of parking in the City.’
It seems Simon Kirby is gearing up for the 2015 General election campaign by aligning himself with a popular issue in Brighton and Hove.
‘Please be assured’, he says ‘I will continue to take the fight for fair parking charges to the City Council.’
‘If only he was more vocal about the Conservative policies, such as changes to the Welfare System and the Bedroom Tax, which is affecting the majority of his constituents,’ says Matthew Taylor, prospective MP for Brighton Kemptown, getting ready for the 2015 election.
The Green Party pride themselves that the number of bus journeys made in Brighton & Hove has doubled in 20 years – going from 22 million in 1992/3 to 44.8 million in 2012/13.
But Simon Kirby calls their transport police ‘misguided’ and which will have ‘serious negative consequences for residents of, and visitors to, the City.’
Councillor Ian Davey, Lead Member for Transport sets out the Green Parties transport achievements for Brighton & Hove.
- A new bus lane and bus stops on the Lewes Road with a £4m contribution from the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund
- A revamp of Brighton station The ‘Station Gateway’ project to improve this key interchange between pedestrians, cyclists, and bus, rail and taxi passengers.
- Being awarded £3.4 million from the government’s ‘Better Bus Area’ fund to improve Edward Street, Eastern Road and ValleyGardens.
- Investment in the ‘Real Time Information’ system, meaning signs at bus stops can more accurately track buses provided by all 8 companies operating in the city.
- Support through winning EU funding on the introduction of ‘The Key,’ a card that enables people to prepay their journeys on a card that can be scanned on the bus
- Continuing to support the Breeze Up to the Downs service, a successful partnership service that links buses from the centre to some of the most popular countryside destinations outside the city
But still Simon Kirby pours scorn on their achievements, ‘Prices have increased more than 100% in some instances. For example the cost to park on the Seafront has soared to £20 a day. I have raised this matter in the Chamber of the House of Commons and requested a debate on the effects of excessive parking charges.’
Whether Simon Kirby’s ‘Brighton Parking Madness’ election campaign gets him the votes he needs, has yet to be seen.