ePetition - Stop the current Hanover & Tarner LTN. Bring ‘liveable’ benefits to all the Hanover & Elm Grove ward.

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Stop the current Hanover & Tarner LTN. Bring ‘liveable’ benefits to all the Hanover & Elm Grove ward.

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to Stop the current plan for a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN), know as ‘Hanover & Tarner Liveable Neighbourhood Project’. We demand that a new approach is found which brings ‘liveable’ benefits to the whole of the Hanover & Elm Grove ward equally. The current scheme unjustly benefits certain residents, bringing detriment to other residents, and fails to protect the school and nurseries within the area.

The premise of a LTN is that it is bordered by a “major road network” to which all traffic is funnelled. We strongly believe that this is not a suitable solution for Hanover & Tarner, as the roads designated as ‘main roads’ are other residential streets where hundreds of people live; families with young children, elderly residents, students… all walks of life, and all people who deserve clean air as much as their neighbours. Beyond this, these are the streets where the community’s children go to school and nursery, namely; Elm Grove Primary School; Pepper-Pot Nursery and Orchard Day Nursery.

We want to be clear that we are not against green initiatives - we want to reduce cars in the city. We are just asking for clean air for all. The project creates an unfair divide between residents, certain streets benefit disproportionately whilst others receive no benefit - only higher traffic. This project fails to address existing real problems on the streets which need it most.

We fundamentally refute the premise that Hanover is an area "dominated by vehicles”. Hanover has a thriving community (street parties, yard sales, etc...) and a low amount of through traffic. We acknowledge there may be a problem with some roads being used as ‘rat runs’, however we oppose that this project is the correct way to address this, as it will increase air pollution on the areas which already see the highest car users. This disparity goes against Sustran’s own recommendations for where to implement a LTN(1).

Drawing comparisons to London LTN schemes’ success in overall reducing traffic to bordering roads is not reassuring. There is data from the London boroughs disproving that a LTN will benefit the boundary roads – with a potential rise of up to 44% in traffic (2). Brighton also has a fundamental different infrastructure and working / commuting patterns to London. London has a huge public transport infrastructure and the geography of Brighton; the outer limits of the South Downs and sea, mean there are not necessarily any other routes traffic can take.

We understand the current LTN is a pilot scheme, however we feel that there is no need to ‘wait and see’ what the detriment to health is, for a) residents of the boundary roads and b) children in the above listed childcare settings. We implore the council to reconsider implementing a LTN. We want to reduce cars in central Brighton however we are demanding that this is done in a fair way – providing a reduction in emissions for all not just a chosen few. With a consultation already starting on the North side of Elm Grove these issues will only be amplified as even more cars are pushed onto the ‘main roads’.

We demand that Elm Grove is considered as a core part of the constituency and that the council provides a plan to include the street in any future ‘liveable’ projects.

There is no social justice in creating greater air pollution for those living on the bordering roads, which by all account make up the more disadvantaged and vulnerable sections of the community; with more rentals, flats, HMO’s, young families, school and nurseries.

This scheme was introduced as small group of people presented a proposal to the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee. We contest that their opinion was a fair representation of Hanover & Elm Grove ward, and that our councillors are duty bound to represent all residents equally.

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(1) “How is a low traffic neighbourhood made? The design is then decided based on what will have the greatest impact on the neighbourhood, rather than where it will be easiest to implement. For example, streets that have: poorest air quality, the greatest number of schools…”

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/get-active/2020/in-your-community/what-is-a-low-traffic-neighbourhood

(2) “Roads OUTSIDE the LTN. On average, across 15 studies[1] traffic volumes on external/peripheral roads have increased by 4.5% with a maximum decline of 17% and a maximum increase of 44%. Across the 15 studies, there was a decline in traffic volumes on these roads in 7 studies and an increase in 8 studies.”

https://londonlivingstreets.com/2021/07/15/impact-of-2020-low-traffic-neighbourhoods-in-london-initial-traffic-counts-now-in-from-4-london-boroughs/

This ePetition runs from 24/03/2022 to 20/06/2022.

316 people have signed this ePetition.

 


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