Elm Grove Pavement Parking Update

On Tuesday afternoon, the councils Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee met and the issue of illegal pavement parking on Elm grove was discussed. Following a detailed debate the reached this decision:

50. ELM GROVE, BRIGHTON- MANAGEMENT OF HIGHWAY PARKING AND OBSTRUCTIONS

Contact Officer: Owen McElroy Tel: 29-0368

Ward Affected: Hanover & Elm Grove

1. That Committee notes the outcome of the public consultation on a scheme for environmental improvements in Elm Grove and that it is not proposed to proceed with the scheme in view of the majority of residents who responded being opposed to the scheme.

2. That Committee authorises officers to organise a joint initiative with

Sussex Police to co-ordinate enforcement of parking contraventions,obstructions and other nuisances on the public highway in Elm Grove later this year.

This means that in due course council and police officers will commence and continue enforcement action to deter illegal parking along Elm grove (that is parking on the carriageway or pavement where a double yellow, zigzag or other relevant parking restriction is in place).

A resolution from the LAT which requested that the proposed enforcement should be delayed to enable a community response to be developed was presented, but a majority of councillors felt that this could not be applied – partly because of the councils obligation to fairly enforce the law, and partly following concern around the risks to vulnerable pedestrians using the pavement and the likelihood of accident and injury. it was also noted that the constraints in the area made it unlikely that any new scheme would differ very much from the scheme arrived at with the previous local working group, and which was rejected at consultation earlier in the year.

The committee chair Cllr West commented that although enforcement action would go ahead, this would not stop ward councillors and the community from looking at the issues and developing responses which may address some of the outstanding issues which would remain around parking and vehicle use in the area. As the planned enforcement would only affect those areas with double yellow or similar restrictions, substantial parts of Elm Grove would continue to tolerate pavement parking, and this may be something which could be addressed

Thanks to Jonathan Tilley for this video of the debate.

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Back to school with the Bike Train

Duncan from the excellent  Bike Train & Lewes Road for Clean Air has been in touch:

“We have a very busy autumn/winter & 2012 ahead with many rides to schools, universities and events, also developing a cycling vision for the Lewes Road, public information on air pollution and feeding into work around the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. Maintaining links with the LAT on this would be excellent.

I’d be grateful if you could include the following information & photos about Bike Train & Lewes Road for Clean Air.Also could you include a link to both our websites: www.biketrain.org   www.lewesroadforcleanair.org

Certainly – happy to be of service.

Catch the Bike Train to school, college, university & events this autumn

Bike Train is a group cycling project which creates an assertive, hi-vis, safety-in-numbers presence on busy roads, to enable more people to get on a bike and make cycling more friendly and fun.

This Autumn, we are running rides every Friday to Dorothy Stringer & Varndean Schools & Thursdays to Patcham school. From Mon 3rd Oct, we resume daily rides to Sussex University & Brighton University sites along the Lewes Road as well as to various forthcoming events. See dates and other details below.

The School Run:

To Dorothy Stringer & Varndean Schools, every Friday from 9th September

  • Depart 8.10am (meet at The Level from 8am)
  • Return Ride 3.20pm from Dorothy Stringer entrance

To Patcham High School, every Thursday from 29th September

  • Depart 7.45am (meet at The Level from 8am)
  • Return Ride 3.00pm from school entrance

The University Run: To Sussex & Brighton University sites – daily from Mon 3rd October

  • Depart from The Level at 8.30am &  9.30am
  • Return Ride departs 5.45pm from Falmer House entrance

Events

Apple Day at Stanmer Park – Sun 25th September

  • Depart from The Level at 11am & Noon
  • Return rides depart from Stanmer Park at 4pm & 5pm

White Night Bike Train :Sat 29th October: Cycle into the City Centre and around key White Night sites

  • Depart Sussex University Falmer House at 7pm & 9pm
  • Depart from Moulsecoomb Library at 7.15pm & 9.15pm
  • Hourly rides between from Old Steine to The Level & via North Laine & Cultural Quarter departing on the hour every hour from 7pm

Bonfire Bike Train – Sat 5th November : Mass cycle ride to Lewes for Bonfire Night

  • Depart from The Level at 4pm, 5pm &  6pm
  • Depart from Sussex University at 4.30pm, 5.30pm & 6.30pm
  • Return Rides depart midnight & 1am from Lewes Prison

 www.biketrain.org  07944 152706

Bike Train is a sustainable transport project of Lewes Road for Clean Air

On The Buses: A Review!

Not Blakey & Co – B&H Bus Co! The council provides subsidy for a number of bus services around the city, including the 81a/c and 37b which serve Hanover and the contracts for all of these services are due to expire in September next year. We have been contacted by the council for views on the subsidised services and an extract from their letter as well as the full report is below.

Improvements to local bus services were seen as an important issue at the last Transport Group meeting, and this could be our chance to make a difference….. Have a look at the info below, and please be encouraged to make a submission. Views are required by August 31st – if we are able to develop a transport group submission, it will be posted at this site for comments later in August.

REVIEW OF BUS SERVICES FUNDED BY BRIGHTON & HOVE CITY COUNCIL

Brighton & Hove City Council plans and funds a number of bus services. We pay for some complete routes and a number of evening, Sunday and school services. As these services are not profitable, they would not run without financial support from the council.

The Transport Act 1985 gives local authorities the powers to seek tenders, and then to issue contracts, for bus services which are considered ‘socially necessary,’ but which are not commercially viable. Contracts for existing supported services were issued in September 2008, and are due to expire in September 2012. Before going out to tender for replacement services we are very keen to take into account the views of local communities throughout the city.

Please would you take time to let me have your views, or the views of your organisation, on any or all of the existing council funded bus services. These are some of the things you may like to think about:

  • Do the services run at suitable times ?
  • Do they run to useful destinations ?
  • Do the services offer value for money ?
  • Are there any areas of Brighton & Hove which are not currently on bus routes, and where a bus route would be beneficial ?
  • In terms of employment and educational opportunities, and of encouraging bus travel, are any new “direct” bus routes needed ?

If you would like to discuss any of these points, or if you have any questions, please do contact Richard Johnson on (01273) 292480, or by e mail richard.johnson@brighton-hove.gov.uk

The full review document can be downloaded at the link below

Bus Services Review – July 2011

How To Make Great Streets

The minutes from the recent Transport Group meeting have been completed and are available here

One of the discussion topics was the Lewes Road Sustaible Transport Fund bid, and how the street could be improved. Below is a useful presentation aired at a recent ‘Street Talks’ event in London looking at the elements which make up a ‘successful’ street, which neatly covers many of the issues in question.

At 45 mins it may appear a bit of a hike, but if you have the time to spare it is well worth a look.

Transport Group Meeting

A big thanks to Cllr Ian Davey – now Cabinet Member for Transport & Public Realm –  for attending the Transport Group meeting on Monday. Ian gave a short presentation covering some of the highlights of the new administration approach to transport issues and an overview of the sucessful Sustainable Transport Fund bid for improvements along Lewes Road.

The full record of the meeting will be posted on the Transport Group page in due course. For now, here are some of the actions agreed:

Cycle Parking: Abby Hone (BHCC) will look at the options for on street cycle parking identified before the resident parking consultation and make them available for the LAT to consider. Cllr Follett will talk to the Hanover Community Association about a partnership approach to provision of new cycle parking.

Obtructions by parked cars: The council is looking at changing its enforcement guidelines to reduce the impact of obstructive pavement parking on Elm Grove and parking on double yellow lines on Lewes Road.

Public Transport: Concern was raised about the quality and frequency of bus services, and around the local bus facilities – a representative from B&H Bus Co. will be invited to the next meeting HCA had previously printed a sustainable travle map of the area. This will be revisited, and republished if possible.

Full minutes will be complete next week. The next meeting of this group will be on September 26th. If you would like to join the Transport Group list please let us know. ( see contacts page for details)