As chair of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee, I’m pleased to see we are nearing the completion of phases 1 & 2 of the Valley Gardens scheme.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, work has been able to continue, and I can see our vision is becoming a reality.
Valley Gardens is a vital part of our commitment to improve our public realm and reach our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Its transformation will make it easier for people to walk, cycle and use public transport.
This includes greater priority and provision for sustainable forms of transport, including priority lanes for buses and taxis and a segregated route for cyclists.
At a time of movement restrictions and physical distancing, Valley Gardens will be an example of how we can make better use of our roads and open spaces.
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.
Its layout and infrastructure will make it an ideal place to host local markets, events and provide easier access to places like Kemptown and the seafront.
Brighton & Hove City Council has undertaken a comprehensive consultation process and we are continuing to engage with the public.
Even during a period in our history where we are having to change how the council works, we are committed to an open process and welcome debate and scrutiny.
We are currently finalising the detailed design stage of consultation on Valley Gardens 3, which will include talking to residents, businesses and stakeholders.
We will gather their feedback from online questionnaires and, when practically possible, stakeholder workshops and exhibitions.
I look forward to engaging with the community and hearing their views.
Chair of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee