Traffic-free version of Stratford revealed - The Stratford Observer

Traffic-free version of Stratford revealed

Stratford Editorial 4th Dec, 2016   0

A RADICAL vision of a non-traffic-choked Stratford has been revealed.

Tackling the increasing problem of traffic is one of the key aims of the Stratford Neighbourhood Plan.

Volunteers representing residents and town organisations have spent two years working on the plan detailing the way forward on everything from transport to tourism.

And these artist’s impressions offer a glimpse of what the future could hold including wider pavements along Bridge Street, with car parking and taxi ranks along the road redesigned.

Also suggested is the trial of an experimental pedestrian priority area for six months with no access for vehicles between 11am and 4pm – except for emergency vehicles, taxis and blue badge holders – with a 20mph speed limit.

Making the very busy Birmingham Road link between the Maybird Centre and the town centre more pedestrian and cycle-friendly is also suggested.

To become a reality any of these proposals would need the green light from Warwickshire County Council as the highway authority

Residents and people working in the town were given the chance to comment on the proposals to help shape the town’s plan and it is hoped the plans will be examined by Stratford District Council before the end of the year.

A formal examination will check if the plan is consistent with the district council’s Core Strategy, which was approved in July, and it is hoped a referendum to see whether residents want to adopt the plan will be held next year.

The latest draft considers the amount of housing needed and where it can be built in the town and nearby Tiddington and Alveston, protecting green spaces, independent shops and the character of the town as well as developing the town’s infrastructure.

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