Planners have lost their marbles, there are no pros for All Saints’ Green pedestrianisation

PUBLISHED: 13:04 03 January 2017 | UPDATED: 15:29 31 July 2017

All Saints Green, Norwich. (Picture: Nick Butcher)

All Saints Green, Norwich. (Picture: Nick Butcher)


The pedestrianisation of All Saints’ Green is pedestrianisation for its own sake and the whim of planners, without considering the pros and cons.

There is only one shop, John Lewis, in All Saints’ Green and pedestrians already have access to it by existing crossings. People only normally need to cross All Saints’ Green at John Lewis or at traffic lights.

There are no pros for this proposed pedestrianisation, but there are points against.

The existing system works well and to put all the traffic that currently uses All Saints’ Green to access Queens Road would more than double the amount of traffic in Ber Street and lead to queueing, causing more air pollution in Ber Street and Finklegate. This in the area adjacent to young children at Notre Dame School, as well as congestion at the new mini roundabout.

I rather think that planners have lost or mislaid their marbles, certainly their common sense, by relentlessly pursuing a policy that does not make sense in this case.

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