As a shop keeper on the High Street, I know that many of us have been adversely impacted by covid-19 and the pre-existing issues with the High Street are being brought into sharp focus by the pandemic. As things stand, the High Street is not covid safe and is especially inhospitable for those in wheelchairs or on mobility scooters. We need the kerbs dropped and the High Street pedestrianised at peak times, with a one-way 10mph speed limit at non-peak times. More benches, especially at the top of the High Street; a sculpture or archway at the top to encourage people up and down the street; disabled friendly toilets for adult and baby changing at the top too. We also need to extend the one-way/pedestrianised area down to St Ben’s church on St Benedict Street. We rely heavily on tourism and we need to make the town safe and accessible for all, as well as friendly, attractive and appealing.
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