A report to the environment committee on Thursday, 29 January will recommend retaining longer pedestrianised hours in George Street, Hove.
The road is currently closed to traffic from 10am until 6pm Monday to Saturday under an experimental traffic order that extended the hours from 4pm last June.
The Council has received 49 representations from the public, 20 in support of the extended hours, mainly from residents who use the street, and 27 against, mostly from traders.
Keith Bryden, chair of the Hove Business Association (HBA), is concerned that while more people have voted against the extension the Council is still pushing it forward. “The Council claims that little evidence was provided to support the view that the longer pedestrianised hours had affected trade. I would like to see the evidence that suggests most traders are in favour of extended closure,” said Bryden.
The HBA supports the interests of its members and is also concerned that very few of the traders in George Street are signed up to the only business association that can help them to get fair representation in this area.
Transport councillor, Simon Battle, said, "The council has looked closely at representations and at evidence about the economic and environmental impact of the longer hours,".
"The conclusion is that the longer hours have created an improved environment which is safer and more pleasant for pedestrians. Therefore we are proposing to close the street to traffic from 10am to 6pm on a permanent basis."
Concerns were also expressed about the Tesco car park, which cannot be used by non-customers and limits stays to two hours.
"The council shares the concerns of traders about the Tesco car park," said councillor Battle. "The original intention was for the car park to be available for use by George Street as well as Tesco customers. Council officers are continuing to liaise with Tesco over possible improvements.
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