A public meeting is taking place at 7.30pm today (Wednesday 1 December) at The Nevill pub to enable local residents to discuss their concerns about the Toads Hole Valley development.
There are two main issues with the proposal for 880 new homes – roads and wildlife.
Toads Hole Valley along with all the other new developments in our city will result in traffic increasing by 50 per cent over the next few years, creating pollution and mayhem.
The road network needs careful planning if we are to cope. This is the final chance to get it sorted because once Toads Hole Valley is built there won’t be any more land to build new roads on.
The only plans I have seen to deal with this gridlock are for a couple more sets of traffic lights and a few speed humps.
One of the main routes in and out of Hove is by King George VI Avenue, known locally as Snakey Hill.
This route is already severely congested resulting in cars being forced to gain access to the bypass from adjoining roads.
They were never designed for so many vehicles currently using them, let alone when the additional traffic increase kicks in.
Toads Hole Valley is an oasis for wildlife. It is home to the last surviving colony of dormice In Brighton and Hove.
Nationally the dormouse population has declined by half in the last 20 years. Dormice are shy. They don’t like noise. They live in trees and bushes and they hibernate
What are the plans for Brighton and Hove’s dormice? Well, we’re going to squeeze them into a smaller and smaller space wedged between the bypass, a supermarket, houses and factories.
There will be a dormouse bridge which will enable them – if they can find it – to seek a new place they can call home in the Three Cornered Copse.
Sadly, this fairy tale ends there as the copse is a very popular dog walking area – and dormice are a real delicacy as far as dogs are concerned. There are quite a few cats up there too.
If we can’t protect our local wildlife then we can hardly complain at the extinction of other species around the world.
So come on Brighton and Hove City Council! Don’t bow to pressure from developers. At the very least get some robust workable plans in place before the Toads Hole Valley development is agreed to sort out the roads and secure the future for our wildlife.
If you want to comment on the proposals, email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting BH2018/03633 Toads Hole Valley.
Hurry up though. Time is running out.
Gareth Hall is a resident of the Hove Park and Goldstone Valley area.
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