Bradford on Avon's £2.5 million Historic Core Zone on course, residents told

Bradford on Avon residents with town councillor Simon Fisher, right, chatting to David Minshull about the street improvement proposals last year

Bradford on Avon residents with town councillor Simon Fisher, right, chatting to David Minshull about the street improvement proposals last year

First published in Bradford by , Senior reporter for Marlborough and Pewsey

Work on the first phase of Bradford on Avon’s Historic Core Zone could start as early as September if it is given the green light by Wiltshire Council.

The Wiltshire Council-funded scheme will give priority to pedestrians rather than cars and will cost more than £2.5m – which has been budgeted for in this financial year.

An open meeting at St Margaret’s Hall on Tuesday, organised by the Seniors’ Forum, was called to hear updates on the project.

The HCZ’s first phase focuses on Market Street and would see the introduction of a raised surface between the Swan Hotel and The Shambles to slow cars, five pedestrian courtesy crossings – which will look similar to zebra crossings – and extra bollards to stop traffic going onto the pavement.

Double yellow lines will be removed but signs at the gateways to the HCZ will warn drivers that they can only park in designated areas.

The meeting was attended by about 100 people, many of whom showed their support.

Resident Julia Rooth said: “I think it’s laudable and I totally hope it happens. I think it will give Bradford a real boost and it will give it a commercial future.”

When asked when work would start David Moss, chairman of the HCZ Group and Preservation Trust, said it was likely to be in the autumn, possibly September.

Advocates of the Historic Core Zone were asked why the zebra crossing near to the Dandy Lion had to be removed as part of the scheme.

Simon Fisher, chairman of the town council HCZ working group, said: “The important thing is to make sure the ladder effect of the sequence of crossings through the zone was brought home effectively to motorists.

"If you interrupt that by taking out some of the crossings and having crossings of different status you bring in confusion.”

Residents were also told that the zone would not exacerbate tailback problems. The final decision on whether to proceed and allocate resources to phase one will be made by Cllr John Thomson, Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for highways.

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1:20pm Thu 29 May 14

Blanche Terraine says...

What is an Historic Core Zone? Is it in any way similar to a town centre?
What is an Historic Core Zone? Is it in any way similar to a town centre? Blanche Terraine
  • Score: 4

3:26pm Thu 29 May 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

Blanche Terraine wrote:
What is an Historic Core Zone? Is it in any way similar to a town centre?
Buzz word bingo then?

Sustainable
Low Carbon
Biodiverse

Must go and have a look at what they're BORROWING £2.5 million to do.

A zigzag muddy track festooned with Fairtrade Andean plant pots overflowing with wild flower biodiversity.
[quote][p][bold]Blanche Terraine[/bold] wrote: What is an Historic Core Zone? Is it in any way similar to a town centre?[/p][/quote]Buzz word bingo then? Sustainable Low Carbon Biodiverse Must go and have a look at what they're BORROWING £2.5 million to do. A zigzag muddy track festooned with Fairtrade Andean plant pots overflowing with wild flower biodiversity. moonrakin wurzel
  • Score: 9

4:36pm Thu 29 May 14

moonrakin wurzel says...

If you want to see what's planned - Wiltshire Council have it on line...

see here:
http://www.wiltshire
.gov.uk/parkingtrans
portandstreets/boahi
storiccorezone.htm

Assuming that the present levels of traffic are sustained without re-routing - this has the all makings of an expensive screw up. Surprised they are gold plating the signage - they've not held back with your money elsewhere.
If you want to see what's planned - Wiltshire Council have it on line... see here: http://www.wiltshire .gov.uk/parkingtrans portandstreets/boahi storiccorezone.htm Assuming that the present levels of traffic are sustained without re-routing - this has the all makings of an expensive screw up. Surprised they are gold plating the signage - they've not held back with your money elsewhere. moonrakin wurzel
  • Score: 13

12:34am Fri 30 May 14

mossware says...

"Residents were also told that the zone would not exacerbate tailback problems"

Too right, no obligation to wait for pedestrians anymore, I just hope the pedestrians realise this.
"Residents were also told that the zone would not exacerbate tailback problems" Too right, no obligation to wait for pedestrians anymore, I just hope the pedestrians realise this. mossware
  • Score: 8

2:28am Fri 30 May 14

eureka+ says...

well done BOA, whilst other towns like Melksham, Trowbridge and Westbury are desperate for pennies, you seem to suck the blood out of our budget, and enjoy windfalls from WC.. I do mean well done.. but how do you do it??
well done BOA, whilst other towns like Melksham, Trowbridge and Westbury are desperate for pennies, you seem to suck the blood out of our budget, and enjoy windfalls from WC.. I do mean well done.. but how do you do it?? eureka+
  • Score: 7

9:20am Fri 30 May 14

the optimist says...

I absolutely agree that B.o.A should be made more pedestrian friendly but under the current climate, this scheme is just another from those crazy lunatics who want to preserve B.o.A with some kind of 19th century ideology? Why; is beyond me as Bradford is a regular town that contains examples of development from every era going back 10,000 years and up to the present 21st century.
Until there is some kind of sensible bypass in place, it would be just stupid to push traffic onto nearby unsuitable lanes by restricting the town centre any more than it is now. If this did go ahead and visitor numbers dropped because they could not get into the town then this will be another nail in the coffin for Bradford and shops will close?
I absolutely agree that B.o.A should be made more pedestrian friendly but under the current climate, this scheme is just another from those crazy lunatics who want to preserve B.o.A with some kind of 19th century ideology? Why; is beyond me as Bradford is a regular town that contains examples of development from every era going back 10,000 years and up to the present 21st century. Until there is some kind of sensible bypass in place, it would be just stupid to push traffic onto nearby unsuitable lanes by restricting the town centre any more than it is now. If this did go ahead and visitor numbers dropped because they could not get into the town then this will be another nail in the coffin for Bradford and shops will close? the optimist
  • Score: 12

11:47am Fri 30 May 14

Elboo1992 says...

Whoopee! Work starts in September to coincide with the start of school term - more traffic chaos/misery for everyone while this unnecessary & costly scheme is implemented.
Whoopee! Work starts in September to coincide with the start of school term - more traffic chaos/misery for everyone while this unnecessary & costly scheme is implemented. Elboo1992
  • Score: 9

4:29pm Sat 31 May 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

"..... could start as early as September if it is given the green light by Wiltshire Council. "
"The Wiltshire Council-funded scheme....."

Not going to be a very big 'if' then, is it?
"..... could start as early as September if it is given the green light by Wiltshire Council. " "The Wiltshire Council-funded scheme....." Not going to be a very big 'if' then, is it? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 1

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