A group of protestors were met with applause as they rallied against a decision to allow traffic back on to a busy city centre road. 

The ‘Keep Exchange Street Car Free’ protest took place in Norwich outside Jarrold’s department store. 

It comes after the controversial scheme was scrapped following a U-turn by council leaders. 

Graham Plant, the county council's cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure said the scheme had been too difficult to enforce. 

Exchange Street had been pedestrianised between the hours of 10am and 4pm since 2020. 

Liam Calvert, a Green Party councillor in Norwich, was at the protest. 

He said: “It is really important that decisions in Norwich, and Norfolk, are made in a fair and democratic manner.” 

Individuals and members of organisations such as the Norfolk Climate Justice Coalition, Friends of the Earth, Extinction Rebellion, Norwich Cycling Campaign and Car Free Norwich, gathered on Saturday, October 21 to voice their opposition. 

A survey of members of the public and Exchange Street businesses was also carried out during the protest to gauge opinion.