Brighton & Hove City Council has set up a scrutiny panel to look at how street access is affected by items placed on public walkways, such as A-Boards and scaffolding.
Three public meetings and a number of site visits are planned to find out what the issues are for residents and businesses.
The Street Access Issues Scrutiny Panel will talk to a variety of people, especially those with disabilities, about how restricted access to the pavement affects them. Members will also talk to businesses about their requirements.
The Panel will review current council policies relating to skips and scaffolds, A-Boards, tables and chairs, overhanging vegetation and abandoned vehicles.
Councillor Sven Rufus has been elected chair of the Panel. He said, “We recognise there’s a balance to be struck between the needs of business and enabling everyone to get around the streets easily.
“We want to hear from as many people as possible about their experiences. We’ll be looking at best practice in managing street access in other areas too as it’s something that affects towns and cities across the country.”
Anyone wishing to contribute evidence to the meetings should contact the council in advance on (01273) 291110 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The first public meetings will be held on:
- Friday, 31 July, 10:30am-12:30pm, Hove Town Hall
- Thursday, 13 August, 10:30am-12:30pm, Hove Town Hall
Other members of the Panel are councillors Brian Pidgeon, Jayne Bennett, David Watkins and Pat Hawkes.
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