Part-Pedestrianisation Pilot For Saturday Market Welcomed By Lib Dems

Part-Pedestrianisation Pilot For Saturday Market Welcomed By Lib Dems
Part-Pedestrianisation Pilot For Welcomed By Lib Dems

Liberal Democrat councillors on and have given their support for plans to pilot a part-pedestrianisation scheme in ’s .

The majority of businesses surveyed are overwhelmingly behind the scheme, which will see an extension to the pavement area from to the Yorkshire Bank, taking in the King’s Head and businesses on the east of as well as Browns.

Cllr said:

“The challenge of and the need for staying safe by social distancing along with hand-washing and track-and-trace is huge. This scheme will allow for easier social distancing in , which is vital.”

“It will also allow more pavement seating outside of the King’s Head and Cafe Nero, which will help to develop ’s emerging cafe culture. It also releases space for more cycle parking; since cycling has become much more popular and cycle-parking is at a premium now in the town centre, so more cycle parking, alongside more walking space, would be most welcome.”

Cllr said:

“The great thing about this scheme is that it includes more ‘Blue Badge’ parking spaces than we currently have, which will encourage so many of our more elderly citizens who have been shielding to be able to enjoy once again.”

Town Mayor, Cllr said:

“Post-Covid, it’s vital that we respond to requests to make more pedestrian-friendly as people spend more time outside in the open air. This scheme also lends itself to making a pedestrian-only thoroughfare, except for emergency vehicles and deliveries. The great thing is that this is a pilot, so it can be amended or even extended should it be successful. It just shows how progressive the town can be.”

Councillor , ward councillor and leader of the ruling Liberal Democrat group on said

“We fully support this pilot scheme to improve life for pedestrians in . It improves the environment, and it helps people keep their social distance.

But it also shows how important it is that gets its Park & Ride sooner rather than later. Fewer parking spaces in the town centre will encourage people to park in residential areas and add to an already difficult out of town parking problem.

Only a few weeks ago, the Conservatives blocked Lib Dem proposals to start building the park & ride immediately. It’s unrealistic to displace cars from the town centre without having somewhere to put them.

So we are 100% in support of the latest proposals for the Town Centre, but the Torie’s shortsightedness in denying the park & ride is a huge blow for the residents who live outside the town centre. We will keep up the pressure for a cleaner, greener town centre, and that can only fully happen when we get the park and ride.”

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  1. Having a so called cafe culture will not save the high street.The clue is in the name of the area Saturday Market,the town does not need more or access to coffee shops,if you want a drink go home and boil a kettle.Shops selling goods are required not this PC rubbish,but thats all you get with LD policies.

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