Pedestrian plan branded 'idiotic'
A PLAN to partially pedestrianise Ilfracombe High Street has been described as idiotic and confusing.
Many residents and business owners say the proposals in the draft Ilfracombe Transport Masterplan could kill trade in the town centre and force traffic into other areas.
But one of the plan's contributors believes pedestrianisation could revitalise the High Street and give business a much needed boost.
Last Friday more than 150 people attended a consultation event hosted by Ilfracombe town and district councillor Mike Edmunds at a disused High Street shop.
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The event was the first airing of the plan, which was commissioned by Ilfracombe Town Council's regeneration board and produced by Devon County Council.
The plan proposes that the High Street becomes partially pedestrianised between 11am and 5pm in the summer season, though specific dates are not defined.
The pedestrian area would run between the junctions of Northfield Road and Springfield Road and between the junctions of Oxford Grove and Fore Street. Buses would be allowed to travel through High Street in both directions but no parking would be allowed within the pedestrian area.
After the event many residents vented their frustrations on the town council's Facebook page. Most said the proposals were ill-considered, idiotic, confusing and unfeasible.
Ilfracombe town councillor Rod Donovan, who was one of the main contributors to the plan, said: "The vision is to turn the High Street into a mini Atlantic Village, a place where people can wander around without fear of being knocked over by a car."
You can view the draft Ilfracombe transport masterplan at www.this isnorthdevon.co.uk/ilfracombetrans port. To respond to the plan, e-mail email@example.com