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Pedestrians first in city centre?

By Matt Dixon 23rd November 2020

Pedestrians first in city centre?
Truro City Council is reviewing traffic management systems in the centre, including the possibility of making temporary restrictions more permanent

The future of Truro’s city centre has caused much debate since pedestrianisation was introduced in the first lockdown – now it’s time to have your say.

As part of it's healthy streets campaign Truro City Council want to hear your thoughts on traffic managements systems in the centre, including making temporary restrictions more permanent. 

With the second lockdown due to end on December 2nd, the question of how the city centre may look post-pandemic is now one for you to consider. 

Town clerk Roger Gazzard said: “Truro City Council views the success of the city centre economy as crucial to the city. We support the city centre by providing a number of day to day services to help shoppers with visitor information, the public conveniences, the hanging baskets, CCTV, seating and benches.

“The city council is concerned that the city centre should come out of the current challenges caused by the covid situation as strongly as possible. We wish to understand the views of as many people as possible of how they would wish the city centre to operate in the future,  whether they are shoppers, represent businesses, or involved with transport.

“Please take the time to provide us with your views using the survey form.” The temporary road closures have created lively ongoing debate in the city, with some people feeling that
pedestrianisation should be made permanent, whilst others want a return to the previous
status quo.

The council’s survey is designed to capture the views of everyone who visits or uses the city centre, including retail businesses, taxi firms, bus companies, other organisations and residents.

Temporary road closures are currently in force in Boscawen Street, Pydar Street, High Cross, King Street, St Nicholas Street and Lower Lemon Street. Those roads are closed from 11am to 3pm on Mondays to Saturdays, to coincide with main trading hours.

At a Truro City Council meeting in June, a written motion to look at the long term future of the city centre was proposed by councillor Stuart Roden and seconded by Cllr Steven Webb. It also took into account the declaration of a climate emergency.

Several councillors expressed a desire to consult with members of the public and external organisations, to seek views on restricting vehicle access and how it may look like in terms of access, disabled parking and public transportation.

Cllr Jan Allen said she had spoken to many employees in shops along Boscawen Street and most seemed to be in favour of pedestrianisation.

Cllr Dulcie Tudor mentioned that the new portfolio holder for planning at Cornwall Council, Tim Dwelly, wanted to focus on towns and felt more people should be living within towns. She warned that change would happen and it was important to embrace it.

Mayor Bert Biscoe felt there was scope for more residential units within the city centre, as there were many empty units above retail outlets, but that towns were organic entities that adapted well to economic changes.

Truro City Council asked independent company PFA Research Ltd to undertake the survey, which takes between five and ten minutes to complete. There are 31 questions, many of which require simple yes or no answers.

An example of the type of question is: “What changes would you like to see made that would improve your experience of using Truro city centre?” It also asks whether a potentially
permanent pedestrianisation of the city centre would be a positive or negative decision.

To access the survey, email or download a copy from the
Truro City Council website.

They can be returned to Truro Library in Union Place, or to the Visit Truro information office in Boscawen Street, marked for the attention of Nikki Santolamazza.

The survey link is: It is open until 5pm on
Wednesday, December 9.

By Matt Dixon 23rd November 2020

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