11 October 2013

Have your say on improving Dyke Road

People are being invited to have their say on initial proposals by Brighton & Hove City Council to improve facilities for cyclists and pedestrians in part of Dyke Road.

The council is looking to make changes to a busy stretch of Dyke Road, between Old Shoreham Road and the junction with the Upper Drive and Highcroft Villas.

The area is surrounded by schools and colleges, including BHASVIC, Windlesham School, Cardinal Newman, and Cottesmore, and includes amenities such as Dyke Road Park and the Booth Museum of Natural History. The aim is to make it easier and safer for pupils to cycle and walk to school, as well as benefitting other pedestrians and cyclists.

Possible improvements include creating new cycle lanes, a new zebra crossing, widening an existing crossing and changes to the Upper Drive/Highcroft Villas junction - at this stage these are ideas and feedback from consultation will shape the final package of proposed improvements.

Members of the city council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee gave the go ahead this week for public consultation to be carried out.  This consultation starts on October 21 and will continue until November 17.

The council wants to hear the views of residents, businesses, community groups, motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and other interested parties. People can give their views online via the council’s website from October 21 at http://consult.brighton-hove.gov.uk/portal (the Dyke Road consultation will be live from October 21) or request a paper copy of the consultation documents by emailing: travel.planning@brighton-hove.gov.uk or calling 01273 290487.

Councillor Pete West, chair of the committee, said: “Improvements have already been made in the area surrounding Dyke Road to encourage walking and cycling - including in the Old Shoreham Road and at the Seven Dials - and we are looking at ways of extending those improvements further into Dyke Road.

“It is a busy stretch of road used by thousands of people a day and we want to encourage everyone interested to take part in the consultation, give us their views, and help to shape the final proposals."

Responses to the consultation are due to be considered by a future meeting of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, when councillors will be asked to approve final proposals based on public feedback.