The area around Hove station is run-down, unappealing and hard to walk or cycle around. A couple of large-scale residential developments are in the offing and have the potential to bring a lot of extra traffic.
Hove Station Forum is a group representing local businesses and residents, which has presented a plan to the council to vastly improve the local area. It includes extra greenery, safer and better-connected walking and cycling routes and measures to reduce rat-running. If you live or work in the area (which extends to Stoneham Park in the west and The Drive in the east) you can join the forum, have your say and ultimately participate in a referendum on the plans.
Brighton & Hove City Council are currently consulting on the plans, and you can have your say until 7 February and take part in an online information meeting on 14 January.
There’s lots of mention of cycling in the planning document, but it’s vague in places. We need to make sure people cycling are kept separate from vehicles and pedestrians at key points, including the tunnel on Fonthill Street, where the artist’s impression currently shows someone pushing a bike along the pavement.
Take part in the consultation and tell the council how important safe cycling is to you.