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Crown Street set to be pedestrianised
7:00am Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
WORK has begun to transform a Brentwood town centre road into a pedestrian only area.
Essex County Council are carrying out the £21,000 work in Crown Street which, from Tuesday, will not be accessible to vehicles.
The move follows a public consultation last year looking into the proposal to ban vehicles between the junctions of South Street and Hart Street.
A number of independent shops are in this section of the street and Lin Heath, who owns The French Quarter, said the pedestrianisation will benefit the whole town.
She added: “This will help the shops down here hugely and this is something we’ve been calling for four years.
“Because of the road layout now where there is no defined pavement, a lot of people already think it’s a pedestrian-only zone so it can be quite dangerous particularly when people from outside the area come to visit the Towie shops.
“This road has been a hub for shoppers in town and we’ve tried to make it that way by holding community events like pancake races and egg and spoon races.
“Now cars won’t be driving down here, it can be somewhere safe for people to come and shop and have events without anyone having to worry.”
Parts of the road will be closed off while maintenance is carried out.
Rodney Bass, county councillor responsible for highways and transportation, believes the scheme is a brilliant idea.
He said: “This pedestrianisation scheme is good news for local residents and businesses in Brentwood and will help to support the local economy.”
The one-way system in Hart Street will also be extended through the scheme with the permanent closure to traffic due to come into effect at 5.30am on Tuesday.
A street party has been planned on September 19 by shop-owners along the road to celebrate the pedestrianisation.
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