Greens and Labour defeat Tory plans to scrap controversial Brighton & Hove cycle lane

Contentious proposal defeated by just on vote amid protests in council chamber

by Simon_MacMichael   March 4, 2011  

Brighton cycle lanes on Grand Avenue and The Drive.jpg

Opposition councillors in Brighton & Hove have combined forces to vote against plans to scrap a high-profile cycle lane in the South Coast city, with the proposal defeated by just one vote.

The planned measure, put forward by the ruling Conservative Party, which has 25 seats on the council, was part of a budget drawn up in the face of £30 million spending cuts resulting from a reduction in funding from central government.

However, it was defeated after Labour and the Green Party, with 13 seats each, combined forces, reports the website Brighton & Hove News.

Speaking to road.cc last month, the Conservatives had claimed that scrapping the segregated bike lane, installed on Grand Avenue and The Drive in Hove three years ago at a cost of £800,000, would cost less than the £1.1 million allocated in the budget.

However, it is believed that they would also have had to repay £300,000 to Cycling England that had been used to part fund the facility when it was first installed.

With demonstrations taking place outside the town hall and protesters also present in the public gallery, the meeting had to be adjourned twice, with one person ejected and those present reacting angrily to comments from Conservative councillor Lynda Hyde who was reported to alleged that those causing disruption did not pay council tax.

Other measures vetoed as a result of amendments tabled by Labour and the Greens included a 1% cut in council tax and a planned reduction in residents’ parking charges, which will instead be frozen.
 

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Let's hope they also voted to spend some small part of that cash on fixing the obvious issues with the existing facility.

posted by mad_scot_rider [518 posts]
4th March 2011 - 12:49

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Proof that SOME coalitions actually can do something useful.

Brighton and Hove need more segregated cycle lanes not less!

Ride On!

VI

posted by Viro Indovina [75 posts]
4th March 2011 - 19:42

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oh, yeah; according to the Leader, Brighton and Hove want to bring in "Boris Bikes".

So how they gonna square that circle? Seeing as how the council claims it's "for the tourists", who are gonna need to be in the kettle of cycle lanes after a long day down the beach.

gee, thanks for nothing. why should I pay my council taxes?

posted by Viro Indovina [75 posts]
4th March 2011 - 19:47

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