Bradford on Avon Centre Revamp Rejected

Plans to change the so-called Historic Core Zone of Bradford on Avon have been thrown out, after almost 56 per cent of voters decided to go against the idea.

Nearly 3,000 people went to polling stations in the town on Thursday evening (5th February) - 1,669 people rejected the plans, while 1,315 backed them. 

The proposals, had they gone through, would have meant the adaptation of certain roads, including wider pavements, removing zebra crossings, and installing 'courtesy crossing points' and safety bollards. 

Wiltshire Council says it ''worked closely with the town council to draw up the Historic Core Zone plans which would have seen the creation of a clearly identifiable zone in the centre of the town.''

Four public meetings were organised, along with an exhibition to explain the plans. 

Funding of £500,000 had also been secured to cover the cost of implementing phase one (Market Street and Church Street). 

Silver Street and St Margaret’s Street were later earmarked for conversion.

John Thomson, cabinet member for highways, said:''This was all about asking the people of Bradford on Avon what they wanted. 

''We would only want to make changes if this local scheme had the support of the majority of people in the town.''

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