Car(e) Free Day Chichester has taken a step closer to becoming reality this week as the community group handed in its application to close part of South Street for a community event on Sunday, September 22.
The group has consulted residents and business owners as part of preparation for the day and are working with Peter Wilson, a local resident, who is giving advice as a volunteer.
Peter said: “I have organised a number of car free days in central London and have been involved in sustainable travel events since my time as county road safety officer in West Sussex.
“I am delighted to be supporting the community group that is looking at sustainability and the future of the next generation.”
Mark Record, who helped initiate the idea in Chichester, added: “A lot of hard work has been put into door knocking and talking to residents. Should the council approve the order, which we hope it will, then the community group will be liaising with musicians, dancers and other volunteers to put a plan together for the day.”
A competition was also created by city and district councillor, Sarah Sharp, working with the Chichester Post and Pallant House Gallery.
Cllr Sharp said: “We are also working with Pallant House Gallery, who will be judging our Car(e) Free Day competition for children.
“We have prizes from Everyone Active, The Picturedrome Cinema and Stagecoach. We are extending the deadline for competition entries by one week so you still have time to send in a picture or story to the Chichester Post about what you imagine a Car(e) Free Day would be like.”
International Car Free Day is celebrated in places all around the world. It is a day when people discover what it is like to live without cars and motor vehicles filling their streets.
Cllr Sharp added: “Children in other cities already enjoy car free days on a permanent or regular basis. Paris and Edinburgh have regular car free days and places like Brussels and Oslo are forging ahead giving large areas of streets back to people to enjoy.
“The Chichester community group is taking inspiration from these places and working towards a healthier and greener city for our residents, too.”
For more information on the competition, please visit: carfreechi.org.uk/school-and-youth-competition The closing date is Sunday, July 7.