Petition set up in support of HCZ but others campaign to save zebra crossing

Bradford on Avon mayor John Potter, left with petition organiser Georgina Knight and fellow traders and supporters in favour of the HCZ plans for Market Street

Bradford on Avon mayor John Potter, left with petition organiser Georgina Knight and fellow traders and supporters in favour of the HCZ plans for Market Street

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A petition has been set up for residents and businesses in Bradford on Avon in support of the town’s Historic Core Zone which includes the removal of the Market Street zebra crossing.

The HCZ aims to rebalance the relationship between motorists and pedestrians.

Phase one, developed by Bradford on Avon Town Council and Wiltshire Council, focuses on the junction at Market Street and Church Street.

The proposals are pavement widening, removal of yellow lines and removal of the zebra crossing to be replaced with five striped courtesy crossings.

The petition set up by Dave and Georgina Knight – who have owned The Olive Tree shop in Market Street since September 2011 – was a response to another petition calling for the zebra crossing to remain.

Mrs Knight said that petition gave misinformation because people did not realise that the striped courtesy crossings would take its place.

She said: “It is completely misleading that people want to save the crossing – but don’t realise what is going in its place.

“The whole reason the HCZ got going was because people didn’t feel safe in the town.”

Godfrey Marks, who helped set up the Save our Zebra petition, said the petition was not against the HCZ, but to keep the zebra crossing within the HCZ.

He said: “We cannot understand how people think that a voluntary courtesy crossing is safer than a zebra crossing.”

The iPetition and paper petition supporting the HCZ has 145 signatures and is available in businesses including Tillions, Fetch and The Swan Hotel.

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10:29am Thu 6 Mar 14

medievalvillager says...

“The whole reason the HCZ got going was because people didn’t feel safe in the town.”

This crackpot scheme will not make it any safer for pedestrians, that can only be achieved by a reduction in the amount of vehicles.
“The whole reason the HCZ got going was because people didn’t feel safe in the town.” This crackpot scheme will not make it any safer for pedestrians, that can only be achieved by a reduction in the amount of vehicles. medievalvillager
  • Score: 4

12:30pm Thu 6 Mar 14

brandx says...

Seems to me that this HCZ scheme is going the way of the Bradford on Avon Footbridge. Remember how that split the town and eventually the Town Council backed down as an election was pending. Of course the next planned elections are not due until 2017, so they might just get away with it.

What's the betting?
Seems to me that this HCZ scheme is going the way of the Bradford on Avon Footbridge. Remember how that split the town and eventually the Town Council backed down as an election was pending. Of course the next planned elections are not due until 2017, so they might just get away with it. What's the betting? brandx
  • Score: 8

7:14pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Mike_Wazowski says...

Before BoA council start spending money digging up the zebra crossing they should do something about the awful road surface around there...Although that's probably too sensible/logical for them
Before BoA council start spending money digging up the zebra crossing they should do something about the awful road surface around there...Although that's probably too sensible/logical for them Mike_Wazowski
  • Score: 1

9:53pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Trombone stand says...

Lets go the whole hog, if the zebra crossing goes I want to see the historic water fountain put back in the middle of the road at the end of Church street, that would calm the traffic down! The only issue is until there is a relief road for this town the traffic will get worse HCZ or no HCZ.
Lets go the whole hog, if the zebra crossing goes I want to see the historic water fountain put back in the middle of the road at the end of Church street, that would calm the traffic down! The only issue is until there is a relief road for this town the traffic will get worse HCZ or no HCZ. Trombone stand
  • Score: 3

8:05am Sat 8 Mar 14

Andrew Claridge says...

The HCZ is not intended to manage traffic, it's intention is to help people with access around the town's streets. If its a reduction in traffic you want only a bypass will achieve that via funding through a massive house building project and levy charged to the developer, this isn't going to happen. Pedestrian access in BoA is currently awful, the HCZ is not the complete answer but it does go some way to address the access issue and just make the town a more pleasant place to live, shop and visit.
The HCZ is not intended to manage traffic, it's intention is to help people with access around the town's streets. If its a reduction in traffic you want only a bypass will achieve that via funding through a massive house building project and levy charged to the developer, this isn't going to happen. Pedestrian access in BoA is currently awful, the HCZ is not the complete answer but it does go some way to address the access issue and just make the town a more pleasant place to live, shop and visit. Andrew Claridge
  • Score: 2

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