Central Faversham is currently a pedestrian only area on Saturdays. Concerns have been raised at the Faversham Local Engagement Forum over the volume of traffic in the town centre on other days of the week and the impact this has on pedestrians, particularly on market days.
A review has taken place and it is proposed that the existing Saturday closure be extended to include Fridays between 10am and 4pm on an experimental basis. The proposal is for the Friday closure to commence on 1st July and run for a trial period of nine months with a review after six months. The review would take the form of a further consultation to assess the impact of the scheme and decide whether it should be made permanent.
The proposed scheme will improve the shopping experience of the town centre by making it a more pedestrian friendly place. Arrangements would be made to ensure that access would be maintained for residents with off-street parking within the town centre and additional disabled bays will be provided as close as possible to the pedestrianised area. The current Saturday scheme has been successful and we are hoping the proposed Friday scheme will have a positive impact on the Town Centre. The proposed restricted area is shown on the map below.
For further information and if you would like to comment on these proposals - please see the Borough Council's online consultation link or go to www.swale.gov.uk.
Alternatively, If you would like to e-mail your response please state whether you object/support together with your comments and send to email@example.com
Results from the consultation will be submitted to the Joint Transportation Board in June 2012 for a decision. All consultees will be notified of the outcome.