10 recommendations from Brighton & Hove's Climate Assembly

by Sarah Ryman Consultation Sustainability

Brighton & Hove’s climate assembly took place at the end of 2020 and was one of the first to be held entirely online. Made up of 50 randomly selected local residents the assembly focussed on the question: “How can we step up actions to reduce transport-related emissions in the city?”

Many of our readers have helped the climate assembly with their input, expert advice, materials, presentations and time. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far.

In 2021 taking forward actions to reduce the impact of climate change will be more important than ever, and we look forward to being part of achieving the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

The 10 recommendations from Brighton & Hove’s first climate assembly are:

*Ranked in order of importance

  1. A car-free city centre
  2. The public transport system should be affordable/accessible
  3. Creation of healthier low traffic/pedestrianised communities
  4. The council should actively consult and engage with the community
  5. Introduce mobility hubs - a mobility hub is a recognisable place which provides and connects up different types of travel, like cycle hire, station, parking and transport information
  6. Cyclists should be prioritised over cars through well-designed dedicated cycling networks that are safe and practical for day-to-day use as well as leisure
  7. Introduce a park and ride to minimise car use in the city
  8. Make public transport a more convenient alternative to driving a car
  9. Messaging should focus on what people gain rather than lose and educate/expand citizens' knowledge
  10. There should be a focus on incentives rather than sanctions as interventions

The recommendations are viewed by the assembly as a suite, rather than standalone ideas. They should all be implemented together in order to be as effective as possible.

Despite the difficult challenges everyone is facing the climate assembly has been a great achievement and a sign of how seriously the people of Brighton & Hove take the climate crisis. 

The outcomes of the Climate Assembly will be used to inform the development of the city’s fifth Local Transport Plan, the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan and the 2030 Carbon Neutral Plan.

Find out more about Brighton & Hove’s climate assembly.


  • Christine:
    There is an increasing amount of traffic such as vans and lorries taking shortcuts down residential roads eg Compton Road. I am concerned about this in terms of air pollution, noise and safety and they often speed well over the 20 mph. There are no visible signs to remind drivers of a 20 mph, and anyway few take any notice of this as it isn’t enforced. Could there be speed bumps and better signage to prevent this happening to residential streets?

    03 Mar 2021 09:16:24

  • Avril Dean:

    Car free city centre a good idea, but need a proper park & ride or 3 for all access roads with a dedicated bus service, which travels the quickest route unlike Withdean which is poorly marked. Do not need 2 cycle lanes on seafront. Widen present one to Lawns rather than causing gridlock on road. Old Shoreham Rd is worse as is extended way out of town . Few cyclists seen using it. Why not use pavement on one side and pedestrians on other, as few pedestrians use it. Families, elderly people, carrying bulky objects need cars – they cannot be eliminated. Bus fares and parking charges in B&H are very high, remember it’s a holiday town.other towns have brilliant affordable park & rides.

    03 Mar 2021 13:11:46

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