Would you like cleaner air where you live? Less traffic? More outdoor seating and green spaces? How about higher life expectancy?
Brighton and Hove Council is piloting the city’s first liveable neighbourhood scheme between Elm Grove, Albion Hill, Queen’s Park Road, Edward Street and Richmond Terrace/Grand Parade –transforming the area into Hanover and Tarner Liveable Neighbourhood. This is a wonderful opportunity to optimise our outdoor space, increase opportunities for active travel and create safer, calmer streets for everyone.
What do residents say will improve their streets?
Recent article in Brighton and Hove news – Safer and healthier streets for Hanover and Tarner
More space to walk & cycle
- Drivers from outside our area will not be able to cut through Hanover and Tarner to shave minutes off their journeys.
- It will be easier to walk, cycle and use public transport, thanks to clearer roads and cleaner air.
- You will be able to drive and park your cars as before.
- Emergency services as well as refuse and recycling collections will have access to all streets. Vans will deliver and visitors will still be allowed to park.
A safer place to live
- Kids can play outside and walk to school safely.
- People with reduced mobility have more opportunities to socialise, exercise and rest.
- Cycling, walking, scooting and using wheelchairs become easier and less hazardous.
- Social distancing will be easier, as more communal areas are introduced and pavements are widened.
Shape our liveable neighbourhood
We want a scheme that benefits everyone, so we’d like to know what changes you’d like to see in your street and neighbourhood. Possibilities include:
- filtering access using planters or bollards.
- making some roads one way for motorised vehicles.
- widening pavements and adding more dropped kerbs.
- more “perching points” and social spaces such as parklets.
- secure bike storage.
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Speak up for your street or block of flats
We’d like representatives from each of the streets and housing blocks in the area to discuss with neighbours what would make the streets more liveable and then share your street’s vision and ideas with us.
Why Hanover and Tarner?
The original request to the council for a low traffic neighbourhood came from local community group Hanover Action for Sustainable Living. They were concerned about the impact that the growing number of cars cutting through the area was having on the wellbeing of the community. In other parts of the country, councils have successfully introduced low traffic neighbourhoods in order to create more people-friendly streets and improve the quality of life for the people living within them. The Hanover and the Tarner scheme aims to ensure drivers from outside the area stick to major roads, while encouraging more walking and cycling within the area.
How long will the pilot last?
Low traffic neighbourhoods are usually trialled for 12-18 months. Local residents and businesses are invited to share their views and changes can be made along the way to improve the scheme. If a scheme isn’t working for local people, it can be altered or removed entirely. If it is popular, it can be made permanent.
Which streets will be included in the pilot?
It will cover the area generally referred to as Hanover and Tarner, bordered by Elm Grove, Queen’s Park Road, Edward Street and Richmond Terrace/Grand Parade. Improvements can be considered on these streets too.
What will happen in surrounding streets, not covered by the liveable neighbourhood scheme?
When the scheme is being designed, planners will consider the impact on nearby streets, particularly those that already have problems with traffic cutting through to get to other areas. Changes can be made in these streets too, in consultation with local residents.
Will it become permanent?
At the moment, this is a trial. The changes will be monitored and any that are popular could be made permanent.
Will traffic increase on nearby roads?
Initially, it’s likely that it will but that increase will be monitored to ensure that this increase is not unmanageable and causing problems. But over time, car use from within a low traffic neighbourhood scheme tends to decrease, so the amount of overall traffic will drop.
- Cyclists – Fewer cars mean safer cycling routes.
- Disabled people – Streets are more accessible for those in mobility scooters and wheelchairs. Public transport becomes faster with fewer cars on the roads.
- Drivers – It’s true! By discouraging unnecessary journeys, an low traffic neighbourhood means less traffic and congestion for those who need to travel by car.
- Elderly people – Quieter, safer streets make it more pleasant for older people to travel on foot. And it’s healthier too, of course.
- Emergency services – Response times for ambulances and the fire brigade decrease as less traffic means a faster response.
- Local businesses – More pedestrians and cyclists boost footfall and trading by 40%. You’re more likely to pop into a shop if you’re walking or cycling than if you’re in a car.
- Parents and children – Fear of traffic injury is a key reason why parents and carers limit their children’s independence. Safer roads mean kids are able to walk and cycle to school, breathing cleaner air as they do.
- People on foot – Walking will be easier, safer, quieter and healthier.
Why is this important to our area?
More people are now working from home and spending more time in their local area. We must seize this opportunity to make Hanover and Tarner more liveable in every sense and help our community – and our local businesses – to really flourish.
How can my area become a liveable neighbourhood?
Local community groups can request the council considers a Low Traffic Neighbourhood for their area by taking a deputation – signed by six people – to the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee.
Who is representing the community?
Liveable Hanover is a group of local people working to engage local people in the liveable neighbourhood pilot. The group came together through the Hanover and Elm Grove Communities Forum, the collective of community groups representing the interests of various communities in the area. We are working to find out what residents think would benefit their street or the wider area. We are also working with community groups, representatives and councillors in Tarner area to consider the needs of the wider area too.
Will everyone have a say?
Yes. The local group is engaging with residents via a mailing list, social media and printed materials to find out what changes residents believe would improve their street or area. We’ll be sharing our findings with the council transport team. Later in the year, the council will arrange a consultation – both digitally and non-digitally – asking residents what they would like the liveable neighbourhood to look like.
Where have schemes been successfully introduced?
Low traffic neighbours have been implemented successfully in a number of other parts of the UK, mainly in London. The most established is Waltham Forest, and this gallery of before-and-after photos of the borough gives some ideas of what we could have in our area. And the benefits to the community are shared in this video.