Pedestrianising High Street and Market Street has boosted business, improved safety, and made our town more pleasant. But now Hampshire County Council wants to force it open again. We say: Keep our high street traffic-free!
Pedestrianisation is the first step in making our town centre a better place to visit - better for residents, better for visitors and better for business. Full plans will see more trees, more options to sit outside, new disabled bays, and a space that's more attractive and usable.
But the temporary closure order for the High Street and Market Street expires along with the lifting of coronavirus measures. The legal powers exist to extend the closure using an experimental order, and then to consult on making the change permanent. But Hampshire refuses to use them. Hampshire says we should open the streets to traffic, and then consult on whether to close them again!
Businesses and residents agree: pedestrianisation has been a success, and plans for a proper pedestrian-friendly street should be progressed; we shouldn’t undo all the good work just to consult on re-implementing the closure. A waste of time, a waste of money, and a wasted opportunity.
Join us in calling for Hampshire to introduce an experimental closure order, and to consult on a permanent closure while the streets remain closed. It’s just common sense!
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