RE: OLD Town road system changes, I think the ideal solution would be to introduce a road sharing scheme to the High Street where pedestrians had the right of way and the motorists worked around them.
At the end of the High Street at the junction of the A259, there should be a notice stating the High Street is for local traffic only, and that pedestrians have the right of way.
I, like many trader in the High Street, are against the proposal for reversing the traffic for the following reasons.
1.The High Street at present is not a dangerous place as records held will prove. The very act of reversing the traffic would disorientate almost everyone as we are so used to looking in one direction.
2. In future, with a change of direction, drivers would still have to stop/park on the left hand side of the road thus opening their car doors into the road and the on coming traffic. This is very dangerous.
3.Coming into the High Street from the seaside end, one has a very clear and open view of all pedestrian activities and one advances very slowly. If the traffic is reversed, one is coming down a hill to the junction of George street so one is going faster, obviously, and one’s line of vision is not so clear.
4. Entering the High Street from Roebuck Street will have its problems. All it would take to stop small lorries or vans from entering is one badly parked vehicle.
5. One of the reasons why a new scheme is needed is the increase of traffic due to all the pedestrians crossing put in along the Bourne, helping to create a rat run down the High Street and All Saints Street.
6.The economic viability of this town depends on trade and the small shop trader in the High Street adds greatly to the town’s economy. A lot of our trade comes in from the main town and we would lose this trade if the High Street traffic was reversed, thus hampering even more our ability to remain in business.
So 600 hundred people have signed the petition to reverse the flow of traffic in the High Street. As the High Street at present has not presented it self as a danger to them nor do 90 per cent of them have any economic interest in the trade there, what is their concern? The rule of thumb is always ‘Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke’.