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HAVE YOUR SAY REGARDING THE EXPERIMENTAL CLOSURE TO TRAFFIC IN NEW MARKET

The working party that was set up to look at safety measures in Beccles Town Centre, made up of Beccles Town, District and County Councillors and the Beccles Business and Tourism Association, has been constantly monitoring the initial measures that were implemented in the town centre on 15 June, which were the closure of New Market to vehicles and the closure of on street car parking spaces on The Walk, both to allow the public to shop safely whilst observing social distancing.  Since then, and following feedback from businesses, the parking spaces along The Walk have been reopened.

Following the closure of New Market and the expiry of the Emergency Traffic Regulation Order,  Beccles Town Council has agreed to the commencement of an Experimental Traffic Order for the continuation of the closure to traffic of the area in New Market from The Co-Op to Barclays Bank.  Furthermore, following a meeting with businesses, the council will be considering at its meeting on Tuesday 4 August 2020 whether to request that Suffolk County Council moves the closure back to the corner of Wetherspoons, running diagonally across to Goodwin Cowley Solicitors, in order to free up further parking spaces in the town.

This is an experimental closure, and it is vital that the public and businesses respond with their views.  The closure can be in place for UP TO 18 months, and Suffolk County Council recommends that it runs for 6 months to allow the community to decide whether it should be made permanent.  However, if there is strong public opinion for changes to be made, there is the option to tweak, change or even remove the closure within that initial 6 month period.

Please follow the link to the Suffolk County Council web page below where your views can be registered.

https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/active-travel-improvements-for-cycling-and-walking/

The council has been running a survey over the past month regarding wider safety measures for the town centre and this will end on 31 July 2020 to allow the council to make a decision as to whether any of these wider measures should be taken any further.  The council will consider launching further surveys regarding other options for New Market.