On a Saturday afternoon some years ago, the Eye stood on a corner of the High Street with representatives from a number of organisations with an interest in the town. We asked shoppers whether they would prefer the road to be traffic-free. A substantial majority of those questioned said that they did.
Rummaging in our loft very recently in an early attempt to find some Christmas decorations, we came across a letter written – not by us – over thirty years ago on the same subject. It was addressed to a local councillor. Here is part of what it said:
So, thirty years ago there was “overwhelming” support for Saturdays-only pedestrianisation, which had been discontinued some time before then.
We’re staggered to read that a service road behind the shops on the east of the road – needed for shop deliveries when the High Street is closed – was apparently “so near to a solution”. It doesn’t seem near to a solution even now, three decades later. (From the reference to Pembroke Broadway, this might not actually surprise the letter’s author* however.) SHBC’s reverse Midas Touch in action yet again?
*Footnote. Sadly, the author died some years ago. At a meeting this summer, we asked the council whether we would be dead before the promised improvements to the town had been carried out. Maybe there’s a precedent.