The Brighton & Hove Labour Group of Councillors have today announced their intentions to demand the Green administration scrap the temporary cycle lane on Old Shoreham Road.
Labour called for a meaningful consultation on the cycle lanes, and having seen some draft findings, are calling for the cycle lane to be removed.
Residents have made their voices heard, and the full findings of the consultation will be published in a report to go before the upcoming special meeting of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability committee later this month.
Labour are keen to ensure there is more active travel infrastructure built around the city, however the party have always been clear that residents must be the drivers of any transport changes, and their opinions must be respected.
Labour have suggested an alternative cycle route on Portland Road or Church Road, in lieu of the current lanes on Old Shoreham Road which have caused considerable congestion and headaches for local residents.
Opposition spokesperson for environment, transport & sustainability, Councillor Gary Wilkinson, said:
“Whilst the Greens wished to plough on ahead with extending the Old Shoreham Road cycle lanes, Labour called for a halt to allow for meaningful consultation with residents.
“Having seen the draft findings from that consultation, Labour feel residents have made their feelings clear and want the temporary cycle lane scrapped.
“We stand with residents in calling on the Green minority administration to remove the temporary cycle lane on Old Shoreham Road and scrap the planned extension, in favour of looking at alternative routes.
“By scrutinising the Council and bringing residents into the discussion, Labour’s constructive opposition means we can put a stop to the congestion on Old Shoreham Road and see the temporary cycle lane removed.
“The ideological positions of the other parties on this issue has always been clear – the Greens dislike drivers and the Tories dislike cyclists. Labour, the only party capable of bringing the city together, chose not to be driven by dogma but to involve residents and let them decide.”