Pedestrianisation of Shaftesbury’s High Street has been approved

High street in Shaftesbury
Photo: Shaftesbury by Vivvi Smak

Shaftesbury and District Chamber of Commerce recently proposed the temporary pedestrianisation of Shaftesbury’s High Street to improve shopper safety and allow for social distancing measures.

In a vote held by Shaftesbury Town councillors, the council has approved the proposed measures, which will be in effect between 9am and 4pm, 7-days-a-week and will cost as much as £5,000.

The aim of banning traffic during the day is to improve shopper confidence and encourage more people to head to the high street when shops reopen on 15th June.

More importantly, it will allow for social distancing, which would not be possible on the narrow pavements.

These temporary measures will also create space for the market stools outside of St Peter’s Church, while volunteers will be placed at Angel Square, outside The Grosvenor Arms and on Muston’s Lane to turn drivers away and inform pedestrians about the new measures.

Councillor Piers Brown said that two-thirds of the town’s businesses approved of the plans. However, many criticised that too few businesses were consulted (only 15), and that the bigger businesses opposed the plans. Further concerns were raised over deliveries and blue badge holders.

With the vote being in favour of the proposed changes, Dorset Council will now decide how to execute the agreed plans.

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