"We want to make the town a more attractive and enjoyable place for visitors"

Essex County Council has been carrying out a traffic survey on behalf of Braintree District Council in Witham

Over the past seven days Essex County Council has been carrying out a traffic survey on behalf of Braintree District Council to see if a market square at junction of Newland Street and Guithavon Street in Witham is viable. 
 
Braintree District Council is looking into whether the market, currently situated in Lockram Lane, has the potential to be relocated to the junction of Newland Street and Guithavon Street with the upper part of Guithavon Street pedestrianised in order to host a modern market, seasonal events and street-side dining. In 2015 eighty-four per cent of residents asked* told the council that they support the idea of a modern and vibrant area that helped increase footfall and spending in local businesses as well as encouraging visitors from out of town. 
 
Braintree District Council commissioned the traffic survey in order to see whether the market relocation would adversely affect traffic flow. The survey measures the amount of cars using the routes via Newland street through Guithavon Street.  This work follows extensive engineering studies and design workshops with businesses, Essex County Council and the town council about how the idea might work in reality. 
 
Cllr Bill Rose, Deputy Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Braintree District Council, said: “We want to make the town a more attractive and enjoyable place for visitors but we don’t want to do anything that has an detrimental effect on traffic flow that is why it is so important that we are working with Essex County Council to carry out traffic surveys such as the one that has taken place this last week. The plans, once we know they are viable, will go to public consultation before any decisions are made.”  
 
*Consultation report referred to is here www.braintree.gov.uk/withamreport