Committee to consider safety in next phase of Valley Gardens project
The Brighton and Hove City Council will hold a public consultation to consider the design and develop safety in the Phase 3 area within the Valley Gardens project.
The existing area has the highest collision rate in the city, which has seen 124 collisions over five years, 23 of which resulted in serious injury, particularly for cyclists.
The Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee will meet on Tuesday 9th October to discuss the four options for improving the transport and public realm infrastructure in the area from Old Steine to Palace Pier.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said: “The existing junction is the most hazardous in the city and so it is important that we make improvements to make it safer and easier for all transport users.”
The committee wants cycling, walking and public transport to be safer and more attractive options of transport, as well as to improve the landscape to create an attractive, sustainable and safe green space.
Cncllr Mitchel also said it is vital local residents and businesses take part and have their say on how they believe the area can be improved.
Work on Phase 1 and 2 commenced in September, starting from St Peters Church down to Victoria Gardens, and is estimated to take two years to construct.
Public confusion has arisen on social media over how the three phases will improve the original appearance and road layout in the city centre.
Brighton Journal spoke to Councillor Mitchell who released a statement to clarify how exactly this project will benefit the community:
“The aim of the Valley Gardens scheme is to realise the full potential of the area and make it a more attractive and purposeful city amenity.
“This will be done by simplifying the existing road layout and making the journey through less complicated and easier for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians.
“Simplifying and improving the transport network will create an opportunity to reclaim some of the green areas and enhance its value as a public space.”
Local groups, Regency Society and Brighton Society, have both discussed lack of detail for the inclusion of furniture around the renovated garden areas.
The council has promised the protection of the existing trees around the areas and to plant new ones when the area is ready.