Brighton and Hove transport plan wins all-party support

Posted On 29 May 2011 at 10:20 pm

Brighton and Hove City Council has approved its local transport plan with all three main parties giving the document their unanimous support.

The plan was produced when the Conservatives were running the council and had been due for submission to the Department for Transport in March.

It was put on hold as the elections approached but has been adopted by the new Green administration.

It is understood that the Greens were keen to submit the plan in its current form as quickly as possible to ensure that the council did not miss out on any government grants given the tough financial climate.

The party is likely to review the document and the policies put forward in it.

Ian Davey, the council’s cabinet member for transport, told fellow councillors: “All of us will see some things in here that we like and some things that we don’t like.”

He told the special council meeting at Hove Town Hall that he looked forward to working with the local transport partnership to review the contents.

His comments followed a claim by Labour group leader, Councillor Gill Mitchell, that progress on transport projects had stalled under the Tories and would be restricted under the Greens.

She said: “We have had a four-year transport policy vacuum and we have to make up for it now.

“People want the freedom to travel and not just to live, work and shop in the area where they live, as the Greens appear to suggest.

“People want genuine access and affordable travel choices.”

The Conservative opposition leader, Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, said: “I’m delighted that Councilllor Davey is introducing the previous administration’s plan and that Councillor Mitchell is supporting it.

“There was no policy vacuum.

“We won the national transport award out of all the local authorities in the country.”

Councillor Davey said: “Transport and the public realm should be one of the ways in which the economy will recover and grow.”

He cited the prospect of reviving Lewes Road by improving the transport corridor there.

And he said that sustainable transport to and from the South Down National Park would be another priority.

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