Councils consult on future of pedestrianisation scheme
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The County Council and Alnwick Town Council are working to improve the streetscape and shopping environment in Narrowgate, Alnwick.
In order to make a more pedestrian friendly space the street was closed to traffic in July 2019 to see how it would affect the street and traffic in other areas of the town centre.
The aim was to support the town’s economy by providing a more attractive space for pedestrians to visit for shopping and leisure, as well as to improve the local environment by removing traffic and cutting emissions.
County Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet Member for Local Services, said: “Previously Narrowgate was subject to large amounts of traffic, with pedestrians restricted to a narrow footway and often having to step into the road to pass each other.
“During the road closure the street has been well used by visitors and shoppers, with pavement cafes in particular proving popular.
“The trial is now coming to an end and we're asking residents and traders whether they think Narrowgate should be closed to traffic permanently or re-opened, and let us know why, along with any other comments they may have.”
Alnwick County Councillor Gordon Castle said: “I was very much in favour of putting this trial in place and would now urge those with views about the future of the scheme to express them via the county council consultation link. It was unexpectedly extended as a Covid safety measure and will be subject to proper design and controls should it continue permanently.”
Alnwick County Councillor Martin Swinbank said: “The pedestrianisation trial in Narrowgate was extended due to the need for social distancing during the Covid crisis. As we emerge from the pandemic and look forwards as a community, we need to decide on the future use of this space at the heart of our town centre. Please do get involved, complete the consultation and let the Council know how you feel we should progress”.
Alnwick Town Council Mayor Lynda Wearn added: “It is important that everyone has the opportunity to comment on the pedestrianisation scheme and I am pleased that the consultation process has begun. I hope as many people as possible contribute and help the Council determine the future for Narrowgate.”
The two councils will consider all feedback before making a final decision on the project.
If it is decided to make the pedestrianisation permanent, the existing road closure will be maintained while proposals are drawn up to improve the physical street environment on a permanent basis - which will be subject to further public consultation.
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