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Inspector gives support to scheme for pedestrianisation in Horsham
4:40pm Wednesday 24th July 2013 in News
A Government inspector has given the backing to a town centre pedestrianisation scheme paving the way for the trial to become permanent.
A Public Inquiry Inspector has recommended a permanent traffic regulation order be introduced for East Street in Horsham.
West Sussex County Council brought in an experimental order last summer preventing vehicles driving in East Street and Market Square between 10.30am and 4.30pm.
The order was challenged on the grounds the order prevented disabled access and loading for delivery vehicles.
Because of the experimental order, two parking bays for blue badge holders were relocated from East Street to the Carfax outside the King’s Head.
Inspector Alan Boyland said in his report that as long as measures were put in place to remove these issues, the pedestrianised zone will become permanent.
Mr Boyland said: “Subject to measures being put in place to address issues regarding the surfacing of the relocated blue badge parking spaces in Carfax and the bollards alongside them, and to provide for lawful vehicular access to them at all times, orders replicating the provisions of the existing experimental orders be made.”
Helena Croft, Horsham District Council Cabinet member, said: “Horsham District Council is delighted the inspector supports a decision to make the Core Time Traffic Closure in East Street and Market Square permanent.”
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