THE COUNCILORS want to see a walkway built across a busy intersection to connect the communities separated by a main road.
Hangleton and Knoll councilor Tony Janio wants a report on funding for a pedestrian bridge on Hangleton Link Road (A293) to allow people to cross from Hangleton Lane to Fox Way.
The former head of the Conservative group, now an independent advisor, is hoping that money received from developers through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will cover the cost of a gateway, long claimed by advisers at Hangleton and Knoll and North Portslade.
Cllr Janio said: “The construction of the Brighton Bypass was a great success, but the need for a Hangleton link road effectively severed the informal links between North Portslade and Hangleton as the level of traffic on Hangleton Lane / Hangleton Link / Fox Roundabout path means it is dangerous to cross.
“Continuous improvement of the level crossing has been requested by local councilors for many years, as the demand to cross this busy intersection has not diminished.
“Some improvements, such as improved sightlines, reduced speed limits and other ways to slow traffic, are possible solutions, but the only sensible way to reconnect the communities of North Portslade and Hangleton would be to provide a pedestrian walkway.
“The establishment of the CIL provides the opportunity to access the funds necessary to finance the long-awaited pedestrian bridge.
The now independent former Labor adviser to North Portslade, Peter Atkinson, supports the motion.
Councilor Atkinson is aware that any potential funding will likely come from large housing developments in the area.
He said: “This does not mean that I am in favor of potential development even if it might preclude further housing on the Benfield Valley site.
“It will ultimately be up to the planning committee, and if it gets the green light, we want to make sure that all the money attached to the request is used wisely and for the benefit of the local community.
“This level crossing is very dangerous and it is one of the oldest issues that residents have contacted me about since my election in 2015.”
The plenary council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 16 at Hove Town Hall.
The meeting is scheduled to be webcast on the council’s website.
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This notice was published: 2021-12-15 00:01:00