Our questions for candidates: The Green Party responds

With local elections coming soon, we have offered four questions to parties and candidates.

Here are the responses we have received from Adur Green Party…

Our question: In recent years, the people of Shoreham have experienced a growing dependence on cars as a default means of transport – even for short journeys. New housing developments look to bring more challenges for congestion and air pollution. How do you see the future of transport in our town? What changes need to happen in order for people to feel they have more choices for getting around safely and sustainably? 

The Green Party responds:

“Safe walking and cycling routes from our homes to key destinations, such as workplaces, schools, shops, parks, train station.  

“Using the responses to the previous 5 travel surveys (LCWIP etc) to create properly integrated walking routes and cycle lanes along USR, Middle road and eventually the A259 coast road. These must take account of drivers’ needs and the views of people who live on these roads. Good design which allows residents to access their properties whilst providing safe routes for children, older folks and inexperienced cyclists can bring about significant changes in rates of bike journeys and help reduce traffic and air pollution. Not everyone can cycle everywhere. But many people can cycle somewhere! 

“School streets to keep kids and parents safe on the school run, reduce road rage and congestion near schools, reduce air pollution which disproportionately impacts developing lungs and leads to increased incidence of childhood asthma and other respiratory conditions.

“20 is plenty zone in the little side streets in the heart of Shoreham-by-sea and residential streets where residents want this. Reduce the speed limit on the A283 Steyning road (from National speed limit to 30 mph) from the roundabout under the A27 flyover to the Red Lion.

“More effective traffic management to reduce speeding, ease congestion, improve air quality. Enforce the restriction preventing aggregates lorries and Port traffic from using the A283 Old Shoreham road and the A259 High Street. 

“Safe road crossings at key points e.g from the Red Lion to the Downs link. And mid way between the Swiss Cottage and Amsterdam where there’s access to the river but no safe crossing for pedestrians, school children, residents or elderly people. These safe crossings enable dog walkers, family groups, people in wheel chairs and those on bike rides to cross directly from Connaught Avenue leading from the station or from North Shoreham to the river side. Then to continue on over the Toll bridge to Lancing and Worthing or up on to the Downs. 

“Rethink parking.  

“Many more people are having goods and groceries delivered. Safe parking needs to be planned so drop offs don’t cause hold-ups

“Designated disabled parking on the high Street so people with very limited mobility can readily access town centre shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. 

“Level access or ramped routes from the Riverside walk into Ropetackle North. And from the new flood defences alongside the airport down to Cecil Pashley Way. This is necessary for people on mobility scooters, parents with buggies and people on bikes. 

“Open the underpass/subway at the station! 

“Enforce pavement parking bans to make getting around easier and safer for pedestrians and wheeled users. “

Our question:  Between district and county councils, there are many policies, strategies and consultation reports describing a need for cycle infrastructure. Though many councillors express support or sympathy for the cause of improving sustainable transport, an appetite for actual change is sometimes harder to find. Alongside the crucial task of listening to local people, what are your thoughts on the role of councillors as leaders, helping us to consider new, perhaps unfamiliar, ideas? 

The Green Party responds:

“Raising new ideas, introducing better approaches to break down the same old-same old ways of doing things. Modelling the change we want to see by, for example, walking and cycling to council meetings. Inviting experts or people with success stories from other areas to share their experiences to inspire and motivate change. E.g let’s hear from the designers of the mini Holland scheme in Walthamstow. Or from successfully implemented school streets groups in Brighton.”

 Our question: Certain measures are recognised as ways to create safety and choice on our streets, by improving conditions for people choosing to walk or cycle. What are your thoughts on options like these? 

• A network of high quality separated cycle routes reaching every part of Shoreham 

The Green Party responds:

“LCWIP has identified primary and secondary routes. The primary routes are mainly East-West along A270, Middle road and A259. The secondary routes are North-South. Each route requires a different style of solution and will need to be handled thoughtfully. Following the recent consultation the development of at least one of these routes should be completed within a year. 

“If the infrastructure is there then people will use it. Without high quality, segregated routes people who are not accomplished cyclists may feel intimidated. It is only once the routes have been in place for about 18 months that we will be able to evaluate their effectiveness and improve the small details. It should be expected that there will be some initial resistance from some stakeholders but councillors and staff must be prepared to make bold decisions for the long term sustainability of transport options.”

• ‘School streets’, where areas outside schools are closed to traffic at the start and end of the school day 

The Green Party responds:

“Shoreham Academy Stoney Lane entrance, St Peter’s Sullington Way, the Beach Primary and Swiss Gardens Primary on Swiss Gardens, are ideal schools to develop school streets proposals. Post pandemic we need to take air pollution seriously to keep the population in better respiratory health in case of another covid wave. School streets are a primary way of addressing children’s health and safety.”

• 20 mph areas, reducing danger by lowering vehicle speeds in residential streets 

The Green Party responds:

“Essential for all our well-being. I Live on a road which is always congested from 7-9.30 a.m and 4-6 p.m plus every sunny weekend or holiday. It was extraordinary to witness the improved quality of life during Lockdown 1 when traffic became virtually non-existent. Speeding cars create noise, danger and poor air quality. These prevent the formation of strong neighbourhood relationships. Re routing traffic onto primary routes, reducing the need for people to drive by providing safe and affordable alternative ways of getting around can reduce rat running and congestion.”

• Reducing excessive traffic in selected residential streets by installing filters that allow pedestrians, cycles, emergency services and buses through, while limiting other vehicles to access only

The Green Party responds:

“Modal filters are a great idea but must be well designed. The people who live directly at the point of the filter will need regular info and discussion during the design and development phase to enable them to see how things will work for them and to understand the possible wider benefits for their community. Not everyone will like everything and the planners and politicians need to accept this.”
Our question: What other ideas do you have for transport in and around Shoreham and Adur? 

The Green Party responds:

“In West Street prevent right turns at the High Street end. Left turns only would stop much rat running and reduce hold ups on the eastbound lane from the roundabout. 

“Introduce a car club at each new build apartment block. 

“Extend the Brighton Bike scheme into Shoreham and Lancing. 

“The current rail line is to the South of the developed coastal strip. The coastal route is served by the 700. But there are poor and expensive public transport options along a northern route. An express bus route or driverless light rail or tram service along the A27 between Brighton and Worthing could take many commuters and children traveling to schools and colleges out of cars. This would need significant vision from DfT and Highways England and is outside of the scope of Adur District Council. “

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