Brighton & Hove City Council are now in the third stage of the Valley Gardens Project
THE HEART OF YOUR CITY IS UNDER THREAT... HAVE YOUR SAY!
There is MAJOR work being planned for the city centre, which includes 4 lanes of two-way traffic plus a southbound bus lane grouped through the heart of Brighton to the east side of Old Steine, right opposite the Royal Pavilion.
We can’t understand why the people who live and work here were not consulted, engaged and thoroughly involved with such a drastic reconstruction of the city centre. The plans have been published on the BHCC website long after all the critical decisions had been taken and few residents or businesses were surveyed or consulted before the plan was drawn up. Consultation meetings happening now are limited to where the lampposts and benches go!
We are fully supportive of regeneration and development and welcome potential government funding but this proposed design for Valley Gardens Phase 3 causes only harm. Our extensive membership - including most of the operators of our tourism, culture and arts sectors - have very serious concerns about the failings of this scheme.
Did you know? Despite the extensive scale of the work, few people seem to be aware of the plan which has been submitted and approved to go ahead by Brighton & Hove City Council.
Now, with Covid-19, everything that was assumed in this planning has changed as our society enters the deepest recession in modern history. Brighton will always be dependent on its tourism, hospitality, events and the night time economy, and we fear the disruption caused by the proposed works and the resulting ongoing damage and loss to the city economy will be catastrophic. The city must have all the support available to recover -this will be about building the sort of Brighton that we want to live in when we are through this health crisis.
We are fully supportive of regeneration and development and welcome potential government funding, but this proposed design for Valley Gardens Phase 3 causes only harm. Our extensive membership - including most of the operators of our tourism, culture and arts sectors - have very serious concerns about the failings of this scheme.
For our own Council to willfully inflict further economic damage on its own city's Covid-devastated economy by deliberately increasing traffic congestion, strangling bus, taxi and delivery throughput and destroying world famous outdoor events for ideological reasons - and for which it has no electoral mandate and little demonstrable public support - is absolutely indefensible. We must think again.
We ask the council to PAUSE the planning, conduct the essential surveys and assessments, and enter with an open mind into transparent and open proper stakeholder engagement and public consultation on a new plan so that the city can move forward together.
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