Concerns about the traffic-calmed district of Hanover and Tarner

PEOPLE who live and work on the edge of Brighton’s proposed low-traffic area are urging councilors to work with them on the pilot.

Eight people who live and work in Elm Grove, or have children at school there, raised concerns about Hanover and Tarner’s proposed pedestrianized area at a council meeting this week.

They fear the scheme could lead to extra traffic on border roads like Elm Grove, adding to the worrying air pollution at the Lewes Road end.

And they plan to bring a deputation to Brighton and Hove City Council and call for the formation of a working group to “act as a critical friend and an intelligent client”.

The deputation, led by Michelle Patel, follows a public consultation that gave people the opportunity to provide feedback on the latest design of the low-traffic system.

The pilot involves a mix of road closures, “pocket parks”, a new one-way system and a “busgate” – or bus lane – on Southover Street.

The design was the third to be shared publicly, after two earlier options were shown at a more informal series of workshops earlier in the year.

The deputation is said to be asking about the project’s impact on “border roads” like Elm Grove, with local residents concerned at the prospect of increased traffic.

The Argus: A vision for Elm Grove by Alison Guile, who launched a petition raising concerns about the Hanover and Tarner programA vision for Elm Grove by Alison Guile, who introduced a petition raising concerns about the Hanover and Tarner program

His concerns are set out in the meeting papers for the Council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, due to start at 2pm tomorrow at Brighton Town Hall.

In the meeting papers, the deputation said that there was heavy traffic in Elm Grove, that speeding was a problem, as was sidewalk parking.

Residents want to “deploy” parking bays and take action to ban parking on sidewalks.

They also want a green wall at Elm Grove Primary School to protect students from pollution.

At the end of Elm Grove, at the Lewes Road traffic lights, they said air pollution was more than twice the World Health Organization guidelines and at the UK legal limit.

Argus: There was a public consultation on the plansA public consultation was held on the plans

The group held a workshop with Elm Grove residents and identified community priorities, including safe crossings, slower traffic, more plants, trees and greenery, better street furniture, resurfacing and better garbage collection.

Ms Patel said: “Without a clear design and assessment, we cannot know the impact of the Hanover and Tarner Low-Traffic Neighborhood pilot on so-called frontier roads like Elm Grove, but similar pilots have seen traffic increases of up to 48 percent .

“Residents agree with local councils that improvements to Elm Grove and other residential streets should come first and be permanent.”

The committee meeting is to be webcast on the Council’s website. Concerns about the traffic-calmed district of Hanover and Tarner

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