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Have your say on Horsham traffic ban

Horsham residents are being urged to have their say on an experimental traffic ban.

Since June, vehicles have been banned from East Street and Market Square between 10.30am and 4.30pm, with bollards being 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.

Residents can complete an online response form at www.westsussex.gov.uk after searching for “traffic regulation order consultation”. The deadline for comments is October 26.

Cllr Brad Watson, chairman of the North Horsham county local committee, said: “These restrictions were introduced as a method to help people to enjoy the area. We need to know the thoughts of those who have been affected, especially the local residents and businesses. Whether they support the restrictions or not, people’s views on this matter will be important.”

Tony Toynton, director of communities and infrastructure, told councillors in a report six months ago: “A core-time prohibition of driving would remove any potential conflict between vehicles and pedestrians in this narrow street and allow the introduction of an on-street café culture and themed events.

“East Street was originally laid out to accommodate tables and chairs during the day when vehicles would be allowed in the street. This mix has proved to not be possible due to the narrow width and protection measures required for eating areas.”

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