Radical plan to reshape town

A plan which could see part of Eastbourne town centre radically reshaped to create an improved environment for pedestrians will be showcased at a public event in the town.

East Sussex County Council and Eastbourne Borough Council are asking the public to give their views on proposals to create a new ‘shared space’ for pedestrians and motor vehicles in Terminus Road. The scheme, developed to coincide with Legal and General’s plans to improve the nearby Arndale Centre, would see footways widened and resurfaced and kerbs removed to aid access and reduce vehicle speeds, repositioning of bus stops from Terminus Road towards Bankers Corner and into Cornfield Road, new bus shelters opposite and outside the railway station, a new pedestrian crossing outside the station, improvements to street furniture and provision of more seats and cycle stands.

The proposals took into account feedback from a consultation held in 2011, and were developed alongside Stagecoach, Network Rail and Southern, local taxi firms and disability groups.

Geoff Mee, East Sussex County Council assistant director for environment, said, “At the previous consultation, the public overwhelmingly supported the principle of changes to Terminus Road, and responses have been taken into account for these proposals. The idea of a shared space is to create an improved environment for pedestrians, letting them walk, or stop and chat, without feeling intimidated by traffic.

Cllr David Tutt, leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, added, “A considerable amount of planning work has taken place since the last consultation and this event provides an excellent opportunity for local people to view these exciting proposals and the two councils know their opinions.”

View the proposals and have your say at Eastbourne Railway Station on November 8 (noon-7pm) and November 9 (10am to 4pm). The consultation will be available online from November 8 to December 6 at www.east sussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay