Campaigning from traders in George Street Hove has urged the Council to reconsider the pedestrianisation in George Street. A compromise has been proposed with a seasonal variation.
From 1 April 2004 the Council has proposed that during the summer the street could be kept free of traffic until 6pm so that people can sit outside at the many cafes into the early evening. In the winter however, from 1 November until 31 March, traffic would be allowed to enter at 4pm. This would allow drivers to park nearer to the shops, addressing concerns about the effect on trade particularly in the winter months.
"This is a sensible compromise reflecting the needs both of pedestrians and traders," says Gill Mitchell, Chair of the Environment Committee.
The proposed seasonal variation comes at the end of a lengthy consultation with the public after an experimental traffic order came into effect last June, extending the hours of pedestrianisation to 6pm.
The public response was mixed, with local residents primarily in favour and objections raised mainly by traders.
Since it was first pedestrianised George Street has benefited from a comprehensive Environmental Improvement scheme.
The use of high quality materials and the planting of trees have transformed the shopping street into an attractive place to visit with a continental flavour.
The scheme has been commended in two national street design awards.
Introduction of the amended hours for pedestrianisation is subject to the approval of the Environment Committee on 18th March.
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