Shaftesbury’s Temporary High Street Pedestrianisation Has Been Extended

Listen to our Alfred report of last night’s Shaftesbury Town Council temporary pedestrianisation debate – at 1:15 on Tuesday’s programme.

The daytime road closure could now be in place until November, if government safety guidance remains. The car ban was introduced to encourage safe social distancing and Cllr Matthew Welch revealed that 86% of the 1,086 responses to the council’s online and paper shopper survey were supportive.

Some blue badge holders and disabled residents say they cannot access shops and services easily because of the 9am to 4pm car ban. Dorset councillor Jane Somper spoke at the meeting to share concerns raised by villagers in her ward, which includes Melbury, Fontmell and Ashmore. Councillors were told how these disability access issues will be addressed, as you’ll hear in our report.

The Town Council will set aside £13,000 to pay for marshalling and £5,000 of this money will promote the Chancellor’s August ‘eat out to help out’ promotion.

Five councillors backed the temporary pedestrianisation extension – Cllrs Piers Brown, Alex Chase, Andy Hollingshead, Phil Proctor and Matthew Welch. The Mayor, Tim Cook, did not cast his vote.

Cllrs Karen Tippins and Peter Yeo voted against.