Traders’ yes plea for two way street

Waterloo Road trader Mary Stewart hands over forms in favour of the move back to two way traffic for Bond Street.
Waterloo Road trader Mary Stewart hands over forms in favour of the move back to two way traffic for Bond Street.
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TRADERS hope plans to revert a controversial one way scheme back to two way traffic moved a step closer after the consultation period came to a close.

Residents and businesses have campaigned to reverse the one way system on Bond Street, South Shore, since it was changed in 2008 as part of a revamp of the area.

And after town hall bosses asked local people to vote to give the reversal plans the thumbs up, trader Mary Stewart dropped off 30 signed consultation forms at the town hall.

Mary Stewart, a Waterloo Road trader said: “We’re desperate for the street to be put back to two way traffic in the hope we can breathe some life back into Bond Street and South Shore.

“I’m hoping to open a new business on Bond Street and a better traffic flow will let people realise there are still shops and cafes there.

“The people of South Shore feel so strongly this should happen, we really hope our voices will be listened to.”

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The consultation warns more than 30 parking spaces will be lost if the reversal goes ahead.

But the decision is undoubtedly the right one according to Patrick McPartling, chairman of the area’s Police and Community Together (PACT) forum.

He told The Gazette: “We wanted to put the forms into the hands of planners rather than post them so we are sure the message gets through.

“This work is so important, it is a golden opportunity for us to get more people into the South Shore area.”

Coun Fred Jackson, Cabinet member for Streets and Transport reassured locals the reversal will go ahead.

He said: “We fully expect the scheme to be endorsed and implemented before the start of the summer season.”