Sheringham pedestrianisation plan takes a step forward

Sheringham pedestrianisation working group members Richard Shepherd, Judy Oliver and David Ward in H

Sheringham pedestrianisation working group members Richard Shepherd, Judy Oliver and David Ward in High Street, where they hope to run a traffic-free trial. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

A plan to run a pedestrianisation trial in parts of Sheringham town centre has taken a step forward, with a newly-formed working group set to meet with Norfolk County Council to discuss traffic management, timings and access.

High Street, Sheringham, where a pedestrianisation working group hopes to run a traffic-free trial.

High Street, Sheringham, where a pedestrianisation working group hopes to run a traffic-free trial. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Made up of town, district and county council representatives, as well as members of Sheringham Chamber of Trade, the group got together after Sheringham Town council voted against setting up a working party to take the scheme forward.

Judy Oliver, who is county councillor for Sheringham and Beeston Regis and district councillor for Sheringham South, came up with the idea of running a trial after speaking to residents and traders.

She sent out a 5,000-household survey asking for people's opinions on having a traffic-free zone at the beginning of the year and, after the results showed showed a majority of those responding were in favour of some form of pedestrianisation, got together her own group, which held its first meeting a few weeks ago.

'We have now arranged to meet with Highways to discuss what might be possible for a trial scheme and we will then develop a detailed plan,' Mrs Oliver said. 'We hope this will meet as many as possible of the concerns expressed in the survey returns.'


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Sheringham town councillor and working group member David Ward said any scheme would have to take into account the needs of different groups.

He added: 'We recognise that shops need deliveries and some residents need to shop by car and we are looking at all of those issues to find practical solutions.'

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Mrs Oliver said the group believed a pedestrianisation scheme would lead to a reduction in pollution and would be looking at ways of measuring this as part of the proposed trial.

They will also be taking advice from transport consultant David Hurdle, who plans to gauge the impact of pedestrianisation on access, town centre footfall and traffic.

Norfolk District Council chairman and working group member Richard Shepherd said he believed pedestrianisation would benefit local traders.

'This could also be a further attraction for visitors and residents,' he added.

Mrs Oliver urged local people to get in touch with their thoughts on the proposed scheme. 'We want to be sure we keep taking on board everyone's views as we move forward,' she said.

To contact Mrs Oliver, email: judy_oliver@talk21.com

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