Brighton residents express concern about road closures in Hanover

RESIDENTS have raised concerns about a council plan to close roads and divert traffic.

Issues with Hanover’s traffic-calmed neighborhood plan were tabled after consultations on the plan, which would see bollards and planters installed on some streets.

The project aims to solve the problem of cars “rattling” through the area, but people living there are concerned the plans will affect their ability to travel to and from their homes.

Keith Worthington, 69, who lives in Windmill Terrace in Hanover, said: “My street is one of the streets closest to Queens Park Road and I won’t be able to come back because it’s one-way.

Hanover's traffic-calmed district is being scrutinized by residentsArchive image of the low-traffic neighborhood | Ed Nix

“The cordoned off areas will result in people driving around like idiots.

“It’s well intentioned, but not necessary and in the wrong place.”

Drawings of the proposed plans show a series of road closures, one-way streets and bus gates, allowing only certain vehicles to enter.

Local residents fear some of the current measures would make driving to and from their homes more difficult as they would not be able to access the surrounding roads.

Hanover's traffic-calmed district is being scrutinized by residentsProposed plans for the Low Traffic Neighborhood Scheme | Brighton and Hove City Council

Brighton and Hove City Council, which is organizing the pilot, says the project aims to direct traffic on outer roads in Hanover and limit the number of cars in the center of the area.

City councils in the area have held regular consultation meetings to hear complaints from concerned residents and amend the program.

Elaine Hills, Green Party Councilor for Hanover and Elm Grove, said: “We have had many emails from local residents giving their thoughts on the plans. Some propose changes, others reject traffic-reducing measures and still others support the idea of ​​making roads more human-friendly.

Hanover's traffic-calmed district is being scrutinized by residentsElaine Hills, Brighton and Hove Councilor

“All objects will continue to be accessible by vehicle. Local knowledge and needs are key to creating a program that works for the residents who live and work in the area.”

The consultation period for the Low Traffic Neighborhood Scheme ended on Sunday 11th September and this feedback will now be used to inform the next phase of the trial. Brighton residents express concern about road closures in Hanover

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