OPENING DATE FINALLY GIVEN

It’s good news for some today and sad news for others but after the long and rather messy pedestrianisation project in Fleet Road was brought to an end, a date has finally been given for the road’s reopening.

The pedestrianisation project was seen as many to be a fresh start for our long suffering high street, with hopes it would boost local business as well as offering the social distancing required to allow visitors to shop in safety. There was a lot of criticism over the scheme however, as it was seen as something that had been rushed through, without the proper considerations needed to make it successful.

Local Councillor Steve Forster has been one of those who has voiced objection to the scheme. He posted this on his Facebook page today as confirmation of a reopening date was finally given from Hart District Council:

Below: Notification of Fleet Road opening.

The notification was sent from the joint Chief Executives of Hart District Council and confirms that the remains of the pedestrianisation project will be removed either this weekend, or by Monday at the latest. It has been noted though, that there will be some changes made to the parking bays in Fleet Road, as they will remain closed to allow social distancing for shoppers.

Work is due to start tomorrow to reopen the road, although with lockdown II in progress it won’t be of huge benefit to some of the local businesses…as the road may be open – but they aren’t. Future plans for pedestrianisation have not been completely ruled out though, although the process of planning and approval is likely to be a tough road to travel…so to speak.

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