Roads to close as Eastbourne gears up for World Car Free Day

Eastbourne is preparing to mark World Car Free Day with activities aimed at reducing air pollution and traffic in the town.

Tuesday, 22nd September 2020, 11:53 am

The roads which are closing are Compton Place Road from the junction of Paradise Drive to Park Close, Greenfield Road, Upwick Road and Okehurst Road, Redford Close and Chailey Close.

Eastbourne Schools Partnership is leading the initiative with support from the town’s mayor Steve Wallis.

People are being encouraged to leave their cars at home for the day on Tuesday, September 22, and use alternative modes of transport such as walking or cycling.

Meanwhile, four roads will be closed to traffic in parts of Devonshire, Old Town, St Anthonys and Upperton at different periods during the day, to further inspire people to go on foot or use pedal power to travel to work or school in safe and pollution-free surroundings.

Eastbourne mayor Steve Wallis said, “I’m delighted Eastbourne is joining other towns and cities around the globe on World Car Free Day in allowing people a glimpse into life without the noise and pollution of vehicles.

“I will be spending the day walking to all areas of the town and invite as many residents as possible to join me in enjoying our wonderful environment on foot or on a bicycle.

“We hope this will become an annual event that grows bigger year-on-year.”

This comes just a week after the launch of Beat the Street, challenging people to see how far they can walk, cycle and run over seven weeks.

Thomas Nevill from Eastbourne Schools Partnership said, “It has been a real pleasure working on this project,

“I really do hope that young and old get involved and spare the town of congestion and pollution for just one day.

“I thank all those who have helped me in bringing Car Free Day to Eastbourne.”

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