ePetition - Keep Princes Street Pedestrianised

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Keep Princes Street Pedestrianised

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to Maintain current restrictions to vehicular access to Princes St, withdraw plans to permit vehicular access as a through road and maintain pedestrianization.

Through traffic was stopped from accessing Edward St around 30 years ago. Since this time, this unique road has become a peaceful haven in the city centre providing pedestrian access to local cafes and two GP surgeries. The road is narrow and reopening as a cut through would lead to pollution, reduced pedestrian access, risk of accidents.

Started by: CouncillorNick Childs (Residents and Cllr Nick Childs)

This ePetition ran from 05/10/2020 to 23/11/2020 and has now finished.

24 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

The proposals for Prince’s Street are featured in the preliminary design as an addition to the original scope for Valley Gardens Phase 3, following stakeholder engagement during 2018. I understand that the changes were intended to address issues with deliveries to businesses in the area, improve emergency vehicle access, and prevent illegal and potentially unsafe traffic movements from occurring.
Although it is a road with kerbs and footways, I can see why it is a popular pedestrian route and therefore gives the impression that it is pedestrianised. I can therefore fully understand the concerns in the petition about the street potentially being used more by traffic than it is now. The north end of Prince’s Street is also used by a local business with outdoor seating, the type of which has been very useful during recent months to support the required social distancing measures during the pandemic.
I can therefore confirm for you and the petitioners that this particular matter will be reviewed by the project team, who will be considering possible alternative arrangements to address the matters that had prompted the proposed change to the northern end of Prince’s Street. If alternative arrangements are considered safe and achievable, then it is likely that the street can remain as it is in terms of the existing closure at the Edward Street end.
The results of this technical work will be part of the recommended outcomes of the further detailed design for the whole project and, together with the results of the recent consultation, will be reported back to this committee early next year

 


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