We’ve mentioned the council’s plans and consultation for the High Street a couple of times. But we’ve not previously reported the proposal to ‘remove the planters and obstacles from the centre of Knoll Walk to create a much wider and more flexible space.’ ‘Communal benches, space for market stalls/pop-up food outlets and attractive planting and lighting could be installed.’
Frankly, we think the idea is potty! Market stalls and pop-up food outlets almost certainly won’t be operational on weekdays. On a grey November weekday, they’ll probably be be empty, creating an abandoned, rather than a vibrant, atmosphere.
Knoll Walk isn’t a route where people linger – or are likely to linger. It’s on the way to or from somewhere. It certainly could be improved, but not by the smell of fried onions (who will ensure that only ‘up-market’ food is sold??). So our favourite flower bed – which we praised recently – would be eliminated for no good reason.
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