Council to open consultation for public input on Valley Gardens project

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From Friday 17th July until Wednesday 16th September, Brighton & Hove City Council will be asking residents to share their comments on phase three of the Valley Gardens Project.

This is the latest stage of the ongoing project, which aims to improve travel between the Palace Pier and Old Steine, as well as create new public spaces for residents and visitors.

During this phase there is a specific focus on increasing sustainable transport options. Commuters and visitors can look forward to traffic free routes for walking, segregated cycle lanes, and improvements in public transport access.

The council is hoping to receive valuable input from residents on details pertaining to the project, including but not limited to the location of bus stops, parking, crossings, public art, cycle parking, tree planting, and seating.

The Valley Gardens project is also an attempt to improve safety, as the area currently holds the highest collision rate in the city. There were 154 collisions in this area alone in only five years, 30 of which caused serious injuries.

The consultation will last for eight weeks, giving local people plenty of time to have their opinions heard and considered. It will not be available before Friday 17th July, and will be closed on September 16th 2020.

Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee Anne Pissaridou said:

“Valley Gardens is a vital part of the council’s aim to become carbon neutral by 2030 through investment in our sustainable transport network.

“To meet our ambitious target, we need more people walking, cycling and using public transport to move around our city and improving travel routes and green spaces through Valley Gardens will support them to do just that.”

She explained what the finished project will look like and emphasised the importance of local residents having their say:

“It’s been very pleasing to see the phases 1 & 2 of the project nearing completion.  I believe Valley Gardens will also be an attractive destination in its own right; a place where visitors can enjoy new open spaces, planting and landscapes.

“It is important as many people as possible have their say on the details within the project and take part in this final stage of the consultation.”

 

Learn more about the consultation and the background of the project here, and see answers to frequently asked questions about phase three here.

 

Featured Image: © Brighton & Hove City Council 

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