Summary of pedestrianisation scheme
Plans to pedestrianise Braintree town centre were given the green light at our meeting of Cabinet on Wednesday 18th December.
This will mean that vehicle access will be restricted for most of the town centre which extends from the top of the High Street (near Sand Pit Lane) through to Great Square and into a larger open space at Market Place. The designs also include a contraflow bus and cycle lane along Fairfield Road to facilitate the removal of buses from the pedestrianised roads.
This scheme comes after 76% of residents and businesses (out of a total of 1,584) showed support for the project. Those in favour felt that making the streets exclusive to pedestrians would improve the public space, make it safer and encourage retail and event opportunities. More details on the consultation can be found on our website.
The ambition is to create a safe, flexible and social space which can be adapted and used to host community events, markets and social activities. These attractions will draw people in and keep them entertained for longer generating more trade for shops, restaurants and other local businesses. It will also mean much-needed improvements to the condition of the current road and pavements.
It will mean an investment of over £2.5 million which will transform the character, atmosphere and appearance of the town centre. Investment of £750,000 has been approved by Braintree District Council to contribute to the project as part of our capital budget funding. A decision on the Department of Transport bid of up to £1million towards the scheme is expected to be announced at the end of December. Investment from Essex County Council, who manage the highway, to support the scheme has already been promised.
A map of what areas will be pedestrianised can be found here.
What are the next steps?
We are now consulting further with residents, visitors and local businesses to give you the opportunity to shape what the pedestrianised areas could look like. We would encourage as many people as possible to take part in our online survey to have your say and influence the plans. The survey can be found on our website.
We will be holding two drop in events next month as an opportunity for you to find out more about the scheme, ask questions of the experts and have your say as part of the consultation. Anyone is welcome to drop in at anytime.
- Saturday 1st February from 10am – 3pm in Kaspas, High Street, Braintree
- Wednesday 5th February from 10am – 3pm in Kaspas, High Street, Braintree
A schedule of work is expected to start, in a phased way, after that consultation.