Labour Councillors have received lots of queries from residents shocked about the Council cutting back part of Europe’s oldest and longest living wall on Madeira Drive, and we share the concerns of residents about the Green Wall being cut back, and how this decision was reached.
Labour’s environment, transport & sustainability spokesperson, Councillor Gary Wilkinson said:
“The cutting back of the Green Wall at Madeira Drive has caused a great deal of concern and raises some important questions.
“Why were Councillors not informed about these plans?
“How did the Green administration allow this to happen without their knowledge?
“What steps will they take to ensure this type of oversight and lack of consultation doesn’t happen again?
“We welcome the apology issued by the council, but serious questions remain, that I and my colleagues will be putting to the Green administration.”
Below is the article in today’s Argus that includes an apology from Brighton & Hove City Council:
Below is the statement put out by Brighton & Hove City Council on the 22nd April:
A council spokesperson said:
“We’d like to apologise to our residents for the way we went about cutting back the stretch of Green Wall at the bottom of Duke’s Mound in March.
“It should not have been cut down in this way. We are very sorry about this, and an investigation is underway to find out how this happened.
“As part of the Black Rock regeneration project a road safety audit was carried out. This found that the greenery limited visibility and may result in collisions between vehicles and pedestrians.
“The cutting back of the greenery was not raised with councillors. It was arranged by council staff as an operational requirement, stemming from the road safety audit.
“Councillors have requested an urgent review into how the excessive cut-back happened, what lessons need to be learnt from it, and what work is being done to re-establish the greenery. Officers will report back to councillors on this as soon as possible.
“We recognise that we should have engaged with Brighton & Hove Building Green when it became clear that this vegetation needed to be cut back. We have spoken to them to apologise and ensure further engagement in future, and we are grateful for their involvement.
“We would emphasise that although there are plans to build a cycle lane here, the recommendations of the road safety audit were made in relation to pedestrian safety with regard to traffic in general and nothing to do with the cycle lane in particular.”
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