The issue of access and parking in Horsham will be examined by an independent inspector after councillors decided to advance to a public inquiry.
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. Cllr Brad Watson, chairman of North Horsham county local committee, said: “We received a large amount of feedback during the consultation period. While a substantial amount of this was positive, we did receive some objections. The county council has a duty of care for all road users and must take a balanced view to ensure we are acting in the best interests of the community as a whole.
“This is an emotive issue, which has clearly struck a chord with many people in Horsham. That’s why we feel it is right to pursue an independent public inquiry to assess the conflicting requirements.The inquiry findings and any recommendations will be presented to the committee next year.