Improving Seven Dials

Press release  from Brighton & Hove City Council,  Wednesday, 20 June 2012

 

Get round and have your say on Seven Dials

Brighton & Hove City Council is looking at how to make improvements around one of the city’s most unwelcoming junctions at Seven Dials, improve road safety and make the area easier to get around.

Residents, business people and visitors to the area are invited to take part in a workshop next Tuesday, 26 June at St Nicholas Church in Dyke Road, which is being held between 3pm and 7pm. Simply register your details to travel.planning@brighton-hove.gov.uk or call 01273 290487.

Councillor Ian Davey, chair of the city’s transport committee, said: “Not only is Seven Dials on a major route through the city, it’s a place where lots of roads converge in quite a small space, making it very difficult to negotiate, whether you are driving, cycling or on foot.

“The area is also home to many people and has a good supply of popular local shops, so we really need to think about how we can improve the layout of the area to create a ‘Seven Dials village’ by bringing together all sides into a coherent whole. In initial discussions with traders, the response has been supportive of making Seven Dials a more welcoming place for all.”

Seven Dials is a major road junction to the northwest of the city centre. It has seven roads that radiate outwards from a roundabout, including the busy Dyke Road. There have been 41 accidents in the area since 2007, nine of them serious.*

The aim of the workshop is to:

  • take a look at Seven Dials
  • put together objectives for a design brief
  • agree up to five representatives to work closely with the council to develop the design brief and final designs ready for public consultation

The council would also like to find out what people see as the big issues at Seven Dials and the three top things they would like to change.

* Statistics cover an area approximately 100 metres radius from the centre of Seven Dials

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One Response to Improving Seven Dials

  1. marekkohn says:

    Was the thinking that people have to walk out of their way to get across the Dials, so they wouldn’t mind going the extra half kilometre over the hill to St Nicholas’s? Those who did found they needn’t have bothered, as somebody had decided at the last minute to set up a stall at the Dials as well. Also little point in registering to give your views, since the consultation process consisted of inviting you to write your vision of the Dials on a post-it note. No suggestions from designers, planners etc about how to fix the problems, apparently for fear people would “think the Council has already made its mind up”. Really, no danger of that.

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