Councillors asked to bring forward work to improve Elm Grove 

New, safer crossings for a busy road in Brighton & Hove will be up for discussion next week.

Members of the council’s Transport and Sustainability committee will consider the proposals for Elm Grove when they meet next Tuesday 3 October.

The committee will be asked to bring forward work to:

  • improve crossing facilities near the junctions with Hampden Road / de Montfort Road and at the junction with Bonchurch Road
  • upgrade the Elm Grove / Queen’s Park Road traffic signal junction.

The crossing facilities were identified in the city’s top 10 sites last year while the traffic signals needs replacing because of their age.  

The committee will also be asked to approve a recommendation that work on the Hanover and Tarner Liveable Neighbourhood pilot stops as the proposals did not have the full support of local residents.

It will also be asked to reallocate £400,000 of funding from the £1million previously allocated for the pilot project to fund the crossing and junction improvements.

Liveable Neighbourhood Pilot will not progress

A public consultation on proposals for a Liveable Neighbourhood Pilot Project in the Hanover and Tarner area was held over a nine-week period last summer.

Information was sent to more than 17,000 addresses in and around the proposed area and received more than 1200 responses.

The feedback highlighted a range of issues and concerns about the proposals and have not shown overriding support for the scheme.

It’s now recommended the scheme doesn’t progress and that the proposed crossing and junction improvements are taken forward at the earliest opportunity. 

Results of the consultation can be found on our website. 

Safer roads for our residents

Councillor Trevor Muten, Chair of the Transport and Sustainability committee said: “I’m pleased to see that measures in this area to improve crossings and upgrade a junction will mean safer roads and crossings for residents of Elm Grove and those who use it.

“It’s a very busy part of the city, especially during the school run and these changes would make the area safer for children, parents and carers. The changes will also benefit road users with safer junctions for cyclists, motorists and their passengers.

“We’ve looked at the consultation feedback the council received last year and listened carefully to the feedback we received from residents, and it’s clear people in the Elm Grove and Tarner area comprehensively rejected the Liveable Neighbourhood Pilot. 

“However, safety measures in this area will benefit the local community and I’m sure better, safer crossings and junctions will be welcomed .”