Step forward for Sheringham pedestrian zone
A move to create a pedestrian-only zone in Sheringham could be set to take a step forward.
The idea for a section of High Street to be traffic-free has been gathering momentum since the success of road closures for a street party celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday.
Supporters believe it could provide a boost to business by encouraging shoppers to spend more time in the town.
The issue is due to be discussed at a meeting of Sheringham Chamber of Trade next week
Judy Oliver, who represents Sheringham South ward on North Norfolk District Council said: 'One of the proposals is a pilot scheme for a road closure from the clock tower to the seafront. The road closure could be timed, with pedestrian-only access at certain times of the day or for seasonal periods.
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'It would be more pleasant and if the road was closed people might be more inclined to wander around for longer whether shopping, eating or drinking and it would create quite a different atmosphere.
She added: 'It would be particularly good for the bottom end of the town. I would also like to see imaginative lighting illuminating the prom so people will want to go down and wander around in the evening.'
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It is understood the brakes were put on a previous pilot project following difficulties finding the money needed to pay for new signs – believed to cost around £5,000. However, Mrs Oliver is hopeful that funding may be available through the district council's economic growth agenda.
Sheringham resident Jayne Lowe believes that townsfolk would also be willing to contribute towards the scheme.
She said: 'I would be happy to make a contribution, it would improve the quality of life and nearly everybody I speak to wants to get the ball rolling.'