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East Street traffic ban ‘will create café culture’

An experimental traffic ban started this week in Horsham, aimed at encouraging a café culture in the centre of town.

Vehicles are banned from East Street and Market Square between 10.30am and 4.30pm, as bollards are put up and removed at the eastern end of East Street. Outside of these hours, East Street and Market Square are available for loading and unloading and to blue badge holders. Two bays for blue badge parking in East Street are being relocated to the Carfax, outside ASK.

The 18-month experiment was agreed by the North Horsham county local committee in March.

Cllr Brad Watson said: “Creating a traffic-free environment during the day will give traders the opportunity to develop trade and a street café culture around East Street and Market Square. There will be further scope for more themed events to be staged.”

Cllr Helena Croft, Horsham District Council Cabinet member, said: “I am delighted to see the growing success of East Street. This new opportunity to encourage an outdoor café culture will further enhance what has become a hugely popular place to dine out for visitors and residents right across the district.”

3 comments on “East Street traffic ban ‘will create café culture’

  1. This is great for our town i just hope the council extends the closed hours into friday evening all day saturday and sunday.

    • Couldn’t agree with you more Richard, it will make shopping so much nicer and safer. How great in the nice weather to be able to sit outside and eat.

  2. It’s nice to have traffic free areas in horsham, especially as the roads are so dangerous around here. Maybe the council could sort out the cycle paths as they are terrible in horsham and it would further cut traffic down and keep people fit and healthy and encourage people to leave cars at home when they make short journeys.

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