FLEET HIGH STREET PEDESTRIANISATION

Oct 14 2020

Hart District Council is to employ Rise Associates to look into the impact of the Fleet pedestrianisation scheme on businesses. The company will engage with retailers and businesses affected by the scheme. They will also be looking at the impact on local roads, monitoring traffic and checking residents feedback. The results will decide how long the scheme will remain in place.

Anyone with concern should email FleetRod@hart.gov.uk 

As of the 24th August, a temporary closure of Fleet Road came into effect between Church Road and Victoria Road to ensure residents and visitors can continue to safely shop in the town center while maintaining social distancing. 

The move also enabled restaurants/cafes to use the pavement for additional seating and allow more room for shoppers to pass and queue as necessary to enter shops, subject to a tables and chairs license. 

The measures were implemented by Hart District Council in response to Government guidance on public health during the pandemic. 

At Hart District Council's meeting on the 24th September, a motion was put forwards to reverse the pedestrianisation of the high street stating that despite good intentions "The negative impact on residents particularly those living near the closure, of traffic congestion and the resulting pollution has not been outweighed by any appreciable benefits to businesses." The motion was rejected, deciding to continue the trial for at least another month to collect more meaningful data on the impacts of the scheme and so the road closures will remain in effect for now. Those with comments about how the scheme can be improved can Email: FleetRoad@Hart.gov.uk 

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A motion put forward by Hart Conservatives to re-open Fleet Rd has been opposed by the CCH/LibDem Alliance.

There is evidence that the scheme is not supported by many residents and businesses.

A campaign by Hart Conservatives to return the road to normal use is taking place with more information at fb.com/hartconservatives  

Cllr Peter Wildsmith has had an abusive message posted underneath a Fascebook page about the closure.

The scheme has retained the support of Fleet Town Council and Fleet Business Improvement District.

 

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