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Ban Cars in Lewes

On 27 Aug 2018 at 9:13pm Clean Air wrote:
The evidence is clear, let's get rid of cars in Lewes centre...

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On 27 Aug 2018 at 10:01pm Marco wrote:
Letís not
On 27 Aug 2018 at 10:43pm Mario wrote:
How are disabled people supposed to get into town if cars are to be banned? Or do you not want disabled people to have access to the town centre?
On 27 Aug 2018 at 10:55pm Eau Claire wrote:

You can reduce traffic by banning most cars and vans. Allowing buses, taxis and disabled parking only in the centre. Why is it so hard in Lewes and yet other places like Oxford have managed to do it? Do people in Lewes really want all the pollution and traffic jams in their faces every day? I don't think so. Lewes council needs to sort this out
On 27 Aug 2018 at 11:06pm Mario wrote:
Places like Oxford manage to provide a decent Park and Ride service. Can't see Lewes doing that, it's far too small a town.
On 28 Aug 2018 at 6:39am Nob wrote:
A lot of this is down to the council need more car park. Then u can ban parking in high St. For one.
On 28 Aug 2018 at 9:34am cam wrote:
Looking at the research evidence and knowing how badly Lewes was polluted the last time I saw the statistics for here (and now itís worse).... it is appalling that the Council does not address this...... and just silly for residents to refuse to be really concerned. Men are impacted more than women.
On 28 Aug 2018 at 9:43am Observer wrote:
Banning cars is silly.
Thinking harder about how we can tame cars (in towns) and prioritise pedestrians (in towns) is not.
On 28 Aug 2018 at 11:43am Buncho'twats wrote:
If there was an alternative route from one side of Lewes to the other (that didn't involve a 20-30 minute detour on the A27), I'm pretty sure 90% of traffic would avoid it.
There isn't, so what's the point of calling for cars to be excluded, why not call for a second route to be built that avoids the town centre?
On 28 Aug 2018 at 1:03pm So you don't get it wrote:

Building more roads means more people drive and more cars on the road. This has been shown in research again and again. More car parks means more incentive to drive and more cars.
There is only one way to reduce car use, and that is to regulate car use in Lewes. Unfortunately, lewesians are as addicted to their cars as everyone else in UK so they will never voluntarily reduce car use. It's a simple case of selfish behaviour instead of thinking of the greater good of the town (and children's health).
Whoever manages to sort the problem of over use of cars in Lewes will deserve a medal - as people in Lewes are car addicts.
On 28 Aug 2018 at 1:34pm @So you don't get it wrote:
It was proven in the 60's, 70's and 80's, coincidentally a time that car ownership and personal wealth was on the increase anyway...
And if you had half a brain cell you would realise that building a road that doesn't go through the town centre and closing the road through the town centre to traffic is not increasing road (open 1, close 1, it's not hard is it...).
On 28 Aug 2018 at 1:37pm MG wrote:
@cam - I don't know where you get your ideas from, but you are mistaken in practically every aspect.
In 2005, because of excessive nitrogen dioxide conentrations in parts of central Lewes, LDC instituted an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA), and is required to produce an annual report on air quality in the District. I have linked to the 2018 report. Air quality is continuously monitored automatically in West Street, and non-continuously (typically one day a month for sampling and trend purposes) at at several other sites:two sites in Abinger Place, Mount Pleasant/Sun St, three places in Fisher St, East St, Little East St, two places on School Hill, Market St, two places in Station St, Malling St, North St, Cuilfail tunnel, and Walwers Lane/Landsdowne junction. In LD as a whole there are 40 monitoring sites.
The aim of the AQMA was to reduce the maximum NO2 concentration by about 10%, and in fact the concentration has reduced by twice that amount, from 53 micrograms per cubic metre to 43 in 2017. The only area where measurable air quality has worsened is Particulate Matter (PM10), where in 2013--2016 the level was below the target of 20micrograms per cubic metre while in 2017 it hit the 20 level. The annual average target is half the nationally specified maximum threshold, and was exceeded on only one day in 2017.
The monthly monitoring figures are particularly encouraging: there was a steadily reducing trend over the year across all the monitoring sites, with a predictable drop during school Summer holiday months.
The monitoring sites with the worst air quality are in School Hill, Market St Fisher St. All showed the general reducing trend. In School Hill the biggest contributor is diesel fumes from buses, while elsewhere diesel cars contribute most. Except in Fisher St and Station St, where the contribution is 17-18% of the total, petrol cars typically contributed 10-13% of the total NO2.
Air pollution remains a serious issue, but let's base our arguments on fact, please.

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On 29 Aug 2018 at 3:17pm Buzzard wrote:
The way to reduce car use is to provide better and cheaper public transport. It's not rocket science, it's just bus operation. Preferably more frequent, smaller, electric buses.
On 29 Aug 2018 at 6:18pm Erm wrote:
Lewesians are addicted to their cars - I have thought so since I moved here. Public transport, while suffering the same fate as elsewhere in terms of cuts to services, is still much better here than other areas I've lived, including London. Obviously there are some people who can't and find it problematic, but I find it a constant source of bewilderment as to how and why most Lewesians are so attached to their cars and won't or don't want to use PT.
On 29 Aug 2018 at 9:04pm The good old days wrote:
Never use to be a problem befor the DFLs moved in

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