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WE have all come together to SUPPORT the people and businesses of George Street, Hove! We ask you to SIGN this petition to show your support.

George Street is under serious threat due to the massive drop in footfall. The people and businesses of George Street love the pedestrian aspect of the street, but do not want the pedestrian period to go beyond 3.00pm. After 3.00pm there are not many pedestrians and the street enters into a ‘Dead Zone’ which makes the street resemble a ‘GHOST TOWN’.

10.00am to 3.00pm is long enough for those who want a pedestrian shopping zone. There is no point in a pedestrian zone if there are no pedestrians! In the later part of the afternoon the street becomes a Dead Zone.

To help George Street, footfall has to increase! The people and traders would like the street opened up to cars at 3.00pm, and 3.00pm all year round, and so allow those in the local community and Hove in general, to have easier access to George Street in the latter part of the day.

The people of George Street would also like the pedestrian period between 10am and 3pm to be properly observed as a pedestrian zone during this period.

The people of George Street want a full commitment from the council and police to properly enforce the pedestrianisation period during the 10am to 3pm period.

For all cars to be removed from the street by 10am, and for the cyclists to dismount and walk, so the street is completely for pedestrians. We will ask for the council and police for an implementation of a parking regime and enforcement, so the cars after 3pm cannot abuse the parking and will be restricted to a time limit that would allow other people to use the facility to enter and park in the street to visit the shops.

George Street seems to be the only pedestrian street in the county, if not the country, that has two seasonal time shifts per year. Summer; April 1st to October 31st , the street opens at 6pm. Winter; November 1st to March 31st , the street opens at 4pm. WHY? With Hove being one of the biggest residential areas in the country, it seems that NO one ever seems to know when George Street is open to trade!?!?!?!

A stable and consistent opening time of 3pm all year round is not only logical but will give the traders that extra period in the afternoon, when it goes into the 'Dead Zone', to at least give them the chance to survive! Business owners and their employee’s number over 800+ and depend on their livelihoods on a thriving retail area.

This problem has been growing over the years, and it has been ignored numerous times and by many, and now George Street faces a stark choice if this is not dealt with; chain stores closing down their Hove store and independents going bankrupt, it could leave the community without a convenient local shopping area and an increase in unemployment. With the already high business rates, high rents, the drop in footfall adds to the already existing pressure.

Dramatic changes to the parking environment in which George Street operates and its significant impact on businesses and the community has begun to take serious effect. Tesco's change of policy and charging to park, lack of parking spaces in the surrounding streets, and over complicated mobile parking Apps, have all driven a nail into the demise of George Street!

3.00pm to 6.00pm represents a small period that equates to 33% of the working day’s potential earning ability, a large percentage that would be a huge help in their survival. At the moment this period is the 'Dead Zone'!

We ask ALL that love George Street to join us and support the traders, employees and residents, who are not asking for much, so George Street has at a chance to become that vibrant community street once again, and really become a viable shopping destination for all people in Hove, and beyond!

PLEASE SIGN to support and help ‘SAVE GEORGE STREET’!

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