ePetition - Pedestrianise St James Street

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Pedestrianise St James Street

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to pedestrianise or part-pedestrianise St James Street to create a more welcoming public space that is traffic-free, cleaner and safer.

Over the years residents, businesses and visitors have raised concerns that St James Street has become a dirty, unsafe and unwelcoming area of Brighton with a bad reputation.
St James Street traders and MPs in the past have called on the Council to look at an option to pedestrianise the street, this has not been achieved. Making the street traffic-free would create more of a 'cafe-culture', and enhance the appearance of the street.

A traffic-free street would also facilitate the creation of permanent art installations associated with the community like the recently suggested Rainbow Crossing' or a Rainbow Road like the one created in Iceland.

Closure of the street would also facilitate events like the annual Pride Street Party.

Brighton City Council please consider implementing a proper consultation to see if this is a possibility.

This ePetition ran from 30/08/2019 to 23/10/2019 and has now finished.

416 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Response provided by the Chair of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee on 26 November 2019:

"I have been made aware of the previous suggestions and representations about St James’s Street that have been made by members of the local community in the past, and the results of the consideration of them by officers and councillors. I believe that the most recent of those were in 2013 and 2014.
It is worth remembering that St James Street is a very important bus route serving and supporting tens of thousands of residents across key parts of the City including the Hospital and also relied upon by the wider community for easy public transport access to the supermarket and local businesses, so pedestrianisation would not come without its challenges.
However, I do think that it would helpful for the committee to consider this issue in a future report to this committee to give us a greater understanding of the challenges both in terms of transport logistics and finance and what potential option might work best for everybody".


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