Residents’ meeting on future of High Street

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RESIDENTS and traders of the Old Town are invited to explore ideas to make High Street safer for pedestrians in a meeting this week.

Hastings Old Town Residents’ Association (HOTRA) is holding the open meeting in Stade Hall on Thursday (October 20) at 7pm.

The meeting follows a HOTRA petition, signed by more than 600 people, calling for East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to take action, due to be presented at County Hall on Tuesday.

HOTRA chairman Dick Edwards emphasised that the purpose of this first open meeting, which will be attended by ESCC traffic officers, is to air ideas, not to reach final conclusions.

The meeting will raise the problems of pedestrian safety and access caused by narrow pavement and the discussion of a possible pedestrian zone in High Street, following on from the successful pedestrianisation of George Street.

Mr Edwards said: “There are no quick fixes, these things take time.

“We must not have businesses or traders adversely affected, especially at the moment.

“Of course, there are great differences in ideas and views between residents and traders.”

A county council spokesman said: “Our officers will be attending the meeting to listen to people’s views on local transport issues.”

With the possibility of new visitors being attracted to the Old Town by the Jerwood Gallery and Stade Hall and Open Space, HOTRA argues it becomes more important to successfully manage pedestrian access, vehicle traffic access, and parking issues.

Mr Edwards added: “I will be very disappointed if we can’t find a solution that the majority are in favour of.”