City to be given a say on million pound street plans

St Giles Street in Norwich

An artist's impression of how the £1.8m revamp of St Giles Street in Norwich could look. - Credit: Norfolk County Council

People will be able to have their say on part of million pound plans to make changes to streets in the Norwich Lanes area.

Norwich City Council wants to spend £1.8m to make changes to St Giles Street, as part of wider proposals in a project called Connecting the Lanes.

The St Giles Street project would be paid for using some of the £25m Towns Fund money awarded to the city council.

It  includes widening pavements, increasing loading spaces for businesses and reducing the number of pay and display areas.

It was first mooted last summer and the fresh wave of consultation is to get views on specific detail, such as the removal of some parking places.

Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, and chair of the Transport for Norwich Joint Committee said: “We have written to all residents and businesses within the area directly impacted by this particular proposal and would also like to give the wider public a further opportunity to have their say."

Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council Member for Highways, Infrastructure and Transport. Picture: Dan

County councillor Martin Wilby - Credit: Danielle Booden

A number of new trees would also be introduced and opportunities for outdoor cafes would be created, subject to appropriate licensing by the city council.

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Norwich City Council councillor Mike Stonard, cabinet member for inclusive and sustainable growth, added: "This is another important step in making Norwich more pedestrian and cycle friendly, that contributes to cleaner air and helps boost footfall, which leads to local economic growth."

The proposals are part of the bigger Connecting The Lanes project which is permanently banning general traffic from St Benedicts Street and Exchange Street, while £1.2m would be spent on redesigning the latter so it becomes a "high-quality pedestrian priority" link between St Andrews Car Park and Norwich Market.

The council said traffic restrictions on Exchange Street and St Benedicts Street had "improved conditions for walking, cycling and opportunities for outdoor dining in the heart of the city centre", although some businesses have criticised the changes.

Views can be given at www.norfolk.gov.uk/stgiles

Hard copies and alternative formats of the plans are available on request and all comments must be received by Sunday, May 29.

The bigger project would also see a £1.8m bridge built between Duke Street and St Georges Street.