Hanoverians complain about traffic regulations in Brighton

Protesters have chanted outside a primary school about their fears a council program could close roads and limit parking.

A large group held signs and sang outside Elm Grove Primary School to complain about Hanover’s traffic-free neighborhood program, under which a number of streets would either be built in one direction or closed altogether.

The scheme, which Brighton and Hove City Council says will stop traffic “rat-running” in the neighborhood, has raised concerns the scheme will actually create more traffic in the area.

Chris Beaumont, who organized the protest, said: “Longer journeys create more emissions, it’s as simple as that.

“Some people have tried to paint us as a bunch of petrolheads, but we’re not.”

Demonstrators against the traffic-calmed district of Hanover.Chris Beaumont, who organized the protest | David Peris

The traffic-calmed district had been proposed by the council and had been in a consultation phase for several months.

Maps for the program show new one-way streets aimed at diverting traffic onto adjacent streets at Elm Grove and Queen’s Park Road. Concerns have been raised that these streets will not be able to cope with traffic demand and residents will be forced to drive more than a mile longer to get out of the neighborhood.

Jill Perkins, who lives on Hanover Street, said she had to drive an extra 1.3 miles for each of her trips.

She added: “It doesn’t make sense, there will be traffic jams and traffic jams and there’s no way to say no.”

Other protesters were concerned Elm Grove Primary School would see a drastic increase in pollution, with a sign saying “our children deserve clean air”.

Green Councilor Elaine Hills said: “Other programs have shown that optimizing streets for pedestrians, using wheelchairs or mobility aids and cycling has positive effects on people’s physical and mental health, on air quality and on reducing carbon in have the atmosphere.

“As a city council, we aim to be zero-carbon by 2030, and creating neighborhoods that put the movement of people ahead of the movement of vehicles will help achieve that. All objects will continue to be accessible by vehicle.”

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