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Closing Nailsea High Street to all traffic
Moves are afoot to close Nailsea High Street to traffic.
The idea is being investigated by James Tonkin who is ward councillor for Nailsea West End and serves on North Somerset executive with special responsibility for planning and transport.
James says no decision has been taken he would just like to know what people think.
The success of the eat:nailsea October event saw stalls line the High Street without the red tape of other town centre events when organisers had to put up barriers and charge a nominal fee to enter designated areas selling items other that food.
On Saturday, December 21, Nailsea farmers and craft market will use Somerset Square and High Street to sell goods but with no community stalls as in the past to negate licensing laws.
Nailsea Town Council chairman Jan Barber said: “I can remember well the disaster it was last time it was closed to through traffic in the 1990s when I was on Avon County Council, so I am against it.
“I was surprised it was suggested.
“It should have done it when the road was first paved, and everything looked so good.
“Now the road surface is crumbling, and several traders rely on residents parking outside the front.
“Sam Bird's TV is opposed as is Furniture Additions as they rely on transporting their goods.
“Also, I suspect people buying fish and chips like to park on the High Street in the evening.
“However, residents with small children probably prefer it closed to traffic.
“I think North Somerset may do a consultation and some traders may prefer it but last time it was deemed a 'ghost town' without the traffic.
“If it is pedestrianised a lot of money would need to be spent to do it properly as opposed to the half-hearted attempt with a few planters blocking the entrance as per last time.
“Will the government come up with the sort of money necessary to make it look really good?
Nailsea Independent Traders discussed the idea at its December breakfast meeting.
Councillor Mike Bird wasn’t at the meeting but he said: “I’m told there was a good discussion around the pedestrianisation of the HIgh Street.
"I’ve also had other emails this week from people in High Street and I think it would be a good idea to organise a meeting of all HIgh Street trader with the town council fairly soon.
"I’ll look to organise something in the new year.
"The challenge over Christmas is to think of positive steps we can make to improve business generally in Nailsea, promote the High Street and town centre.
One shopper said: "I have very mixed feelings about closing the High Street on a permanent basis.
"This is because I remember last time is was difficult to police but perhaps with our elderly demographic, we won’t have same concerns as I can’t see marauders on mobility scooters being a concern?"
Home Additions owner Alan Goddard said they move would sound a death knell to his shop.
Alan said: “We would go out of business within six months if the High Street was permanently closed.
“I am not against is being closed once a month for market day.”
But Mr Tonkin said there is no half-way measures as a monthly Saturday road closure free is approximately £1,000.
This news comes in the same week that Nailsea People learn North Somerset Council executive will consider introducing charges to car parks and roads in Nailsea at its meeting on Tuesday, January 7. If agreed further consultation would be carried out. It is expected to take 18 months to consult and implement any changes. Also at this meeting councillors will discuss proposed charges of £50 per household per year for the collection of a 240 litre green garden waste bin.
NAILSEA CHRISTMAS MARKET
Saturday, December 21
Stalls selling fresh local produce including:
Organic Vegetables and
CROWN GLASS SHOPPING CENTRE
Filled with craft stalls and hot food stands selling oven pizzas, stew, dumplings and hot chestnuts
under the Christmas tree
10am-2pm Santa Claus
10am-2pm festive Punch & Judy
11am-noon Barley Rye will be singing carols
10am-2pm fundraising morning at Home Additions for Spring Of Hope ladies night shelter in Bristol
Made in Nailsea
Nailsea School students who helped create a beautiful mosaic to brighten up a brick wall in the town centre were among those at the first official photocall.
Others who were busy with end of term school festive activities would be at a second picture opportunities.
But there was a line-up of dignitaries representing all of those who had contributed and you can read the original story in full on the School Peeps page