Council rebuffs officer claims

Town councillors are refusing to back down in a campaign to pedestrianise St Lawrence Street.
St Lawrence Street.St Lawrence Street.
St Lawrence Street.

Councillors have been calling for a scheme to be approved for several months.

However, they appeared to suffer a blow last month when Highways Officer Richard Fenwick wrote to the council. saying there was no justification to go ahead with a scheme at present.

Coun Fenwick outlined several potential problems - several of which angered and perplexed town councillors.

Now, the town council has written back to Mr Fenwick, highlighting why they are backing the scheme and dismissing a number of his claims.

Among other things, the council denies there would be a problem with access to the Post Office or a nearby car park.

The letter also says closure would make the road safer for pedestrians and boost local businesses.

The letter concludes by stating the town council hopes a pedestrian only scheme will be ‘implemented as soon as practical in 2021.’

It is hoped Mr Fenwick will attend a council meeting next month.