Is a traffic ban on the cards for town?

PUBLISHED: 16:45 17 January 2008 | UPDATED: 18:00 31 May 2010

Market Square is closed to traffic on Tuesdays and Saturdays Picture: MICHAEL BOYTON

Market Square is closed to traffic on Tuesdays and Saturdays Picture: MICHAEL BOYTON

VEHICLES could be banned from the Market Square in Saffron Walden for six days a week if plans to make the town centre more pedestrian-friendly get the go-ahead. At present, the Market Square, King Street and Market Hill are pedestrianised from 10am to 5

VEHICLES could be banned from the Market Square in Saffron Walden for six days a week if plans to make the town centre more pedestrian-friendly get the go-ahead.

At present, the Market Square, King Street and Market Hill are pedestrianised from 10am to 5pm on the two market days of Tuesday and Saturday, but the new proposals could see the ban extended Monday through to Saturday.

Town clerk Malcolm White said: "We are open to all suggestions and want to find out what people think.

"We have distributed a consultation document to every house in Saffron Walden and copies will also be handed out to local shops and businesses.

"The consultation period is only to the end of the month, but we did not want it to overlap with the district council consultation on housing options and we are keen to have a decision made by the end of the current financial year."

Extension of the pedestrianised area to six days a week (option B) is just one of four options which have been put forward by the Saffron Walden Town Council and people are now being urged to comment on their preferences.

Other options being considered include the addition of one extra day of full pedestrianisation (option A); the introduction of a ban on cars seven days a week, but over a smaller area and would still permit parking on two sides of the square (option C); and to make no changes at all (option D).

Peter Riding, chairman of the Saffron Walden Initiative, said: "We believe the proposal we submitted - option C - would be best for Saffron Walden. Our main concern is the increased economic viability of the town, and for that to happen it must be a pedestrian friendly place."

The plans have been put to public consultation and the chosen option will be trialled for 18 months before being made permanent. For more details or to download the consultation document visit www.saffronwalden.gov.uk

All comments should be returned to Saffron Walden Town Council, 11 Emson Close, Saffron Walden, CB10 IHL before Friday February 1.

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