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2nd Jul, 2022

Consultation to launch on Stratford town centre alterations

VIEWS will be invited on plans to improve to create better balance of pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles in Stratford town centre.

Stratford residents and stakeholders can soon have their say on proposals to alter Bridge Street and High Street, as well as Union Street.

They include narrowing the road on the two streets and giving more space to pedestrians, as well as using materials and a layout which create a more attractive area.

High Street would also be closed to through traffic between 11am and 4pm, and a 20mph speed limit would be in place.

The proposal also includes a central walkway running along the centre of Bridge Street to make it easier for pedestrians to move through the street.

It is proposed to keep Bridge Street open to two-way traffic and buses will continue to operate on the street.

The ideas are based around proposals included in the Stratford Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Stratford Town Council and Warwickshire County Council have been working with placemaking consultants PJA – in association with the Stratford Town Centre Strategic Partnership Group (SPG) to design the plans.

WCC’s transport spokesman Coun Wallace Redford has given the green light for the plans to go to public consultation.

He said: “Whether the outcome of the bid for Levelling Up funding from the government is successful or not, we want to continue the momentum with this exciting project by taking it forward to consultation.

“When the town centre was adapted to help it to reopen safely after lockdown, we worked with the public and local stakeholders and businesses to finetune the scheme. We want to replicate and build on that collaborative approach to shape the town centre to create the best environment for all involved.”

The SPG was formed in 2020 and is made up of various stakeholder organisations in the town, both in the public and private sectors.

It was created to help Stratford become a sustainable town, attracting people to live, work and visit it in its unique Shakespearean setting.

There is no date as yet for the consultation’s launch but the SPG assures it will be in the ‘near future’.

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