Wednesday 12 October 2016

Easier East Street.

Following a trial, which has been running since May 2015, a permanent car free East Street on Saturdays and Sundays was confirmed by the city council’s environment committee. This decision had the backing of local businesses.

A report to the committee this week said pedestrian numbers in the street have increased by 32 per cent since 2009 – up from around 14,000 on Saturday June 13, 2009 to nearly 19,000 on Sunday June 12, 2016.

There had been no accidents reported as a result of diverting traffic down Little East Street, behind Brighton Town Hall, during the closures.

Leading a delegation to the committee, local businesswoman Olivia Reid of Terre a Terre restaurant said: “Temporary closure of East Street on Saturdays and Sundays has been a huge success. The area has become more open, cleaner and we have experienced reduced criminal or dysfunctional activity due to increased visibility and overall change in the atmosphere. Business owners have taken more pride in their premises and the overall experience of East Street has vastly improved.”

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