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  • "This is the thing - my proposal uses the exisitng infrastructure - with very little changes - and tweaks it.

    All this wasted tax on these OTT consulatations that are a great vehicle for individual agencies that need to prove their worth and therefore present uber complex solutions with probably no real experience of using the environment they're proposing to change...

    In my mind - we need to keep it simple - work in incremental steps - make a change and tweak accordingly.

    What's there at this junction predominantly works - everyone can get where they need to get to - it's just not really fair for all users - which is what my proposal focuses on.

    A pedestrian can spend an inordinate amount of time navigating that junction - especially compared to vehicles, that are in and out in seconds... and on their way... so why drivers get that privilege over pedestrians is inherently unfair, particularly in an area that is supposed to be a community - a community separated by streams of traffic.

    Of course drivers need to be able to get from place to place - which is fine - but on the more macro scale so do pedestrians, and by holding them up, over and above drivers is, in my opinion unbalanced.

    By giving the local community the option to make a choice over where they need to get to - rather than Coralling them using barriers, and forcing them around the perimeter - just makes the individual feel like some farm livestock...

    The problem with the junction at the moment is that those individuals who are aggrieved at having to navigate the perimeter who choose to cross arbitrarily, not only take their own lives into their hands but put other people at risk - but my point is, is that people DO do that... which goes to show there is a need.

    Hence the solution.

    Stop ALL the traffic... allow pedestrians to go where they want, safely."
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Seven Dials roundabout row

The Argus: Campaigners at Seven Dials Campaigners at Seven Dials

Community campaigners are opposing town hall plans to revamp a roundabout.

Brighton and Hove City Council is currently asking people for their views on the Seven Dials junction, north-west of Brighton station.

The local authority believes steps can be taken to ease congestion and make it safer for pedestrians and road users.

But members of the Dials North West Community Association believe it will create extra traffic in neighbouring residential streets.

Millie Ferguson, of the group, said: “There is room for improvement at Seven Dials. But we do need to be concerned about the primary intention of the plans – turning the clock back 30 years, prior to any proper consideration of the affect this would have on the surrounding area.

“If we return to the old layout, we are surely faced with a recurrence of the old congestion problem and attempts to return the Dials to its present state will be tremendously difficult.”

To sign, visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk.

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