Disabled Artist Wants Shaftesbury Pedestrianisation Plan Changed

A Shaftesbury artist is urging councillors to guarantee access for disabled residents in future High Street pedestrianisation plans.

In our interview, Maggie Wyman says she has been unable to visit favourite shops and continue with her voluntary work since the daytime traffic restrictions started in June 2020.

Disabled parking in Bell Street is too far from the High Street for some less able-bodied shoppers.

Cllr Karen Tippins told Tuesday’s Town Council meeting that the seven-day restriction prevented a member of St Peters congregation from attending worship. Her comments came as Cllr Piers Brown presented the latest data reconfirming significant business and shopper support for permanent pedestrianisation. But a consistent opponent of the daytime road closure, Cllr Peter Yeo, claimed the survey was unrepresentative. Two-way traffic will return to the High Street when the social distancing requirement ends.  Shaftesbury Town Council has asked Dorset Council to start the process which may lead to permanent pedestrianisation. Councillors have requested a shorter road closure, between 10 am and 4 pm. The road is currently shut at 9 am. Several councillors and residents have requested a wider survey to assess the impact on traffic levels in adjacent streets including Bell Street.

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