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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Controversial proposals to close Barrow town centre street set to go before councillors

CONTROVERSIAL proposals to close a town centre street are set to go before councillors.

Plans for the temporary traffic restriction in Cavendish Street, Barrow, could see the road closed to traffic from 9pm to 5am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday along with bank holidays.

Members of Cumbria County Council’s local area committee for Barrow will be asked at a meeting on Monday to pass proposals which will see the street shut off at weekend evenings for a six-month trial.

The measures have been devised by police, highways officials and the county council to try and deal with a sharp increase in the number of late-night drinkers in the street as the town’s night-time economy has moved to the area from Cornwallis Street.

The ban would see all vehicles, including taxis, banned from the street and a number of firms have responded to letters sent out by the council claiming they could lose out on earnings should the move become permanent.

Should the proposals be successful, the ban could be extended for a further 12 months.

Traffic management engineer Victoria Upton, in a report to councillors, said: “During the first six months of its operation, anyone affected by the Experimental Order may object to it being continued in permanent operation.

“During the first 12 months of its operation, minor amendments may be made to an Experimental Order, thus that it can be made less onerous; modifications do not extend to making additions to the order.”

The papers also reveal a meeting is set to take place between police and some businesses in the street which are concerned about a loss of earnings.

Papers set to go before the committee have recommended the experimental order is granted.

The meeting is set to take place in Barrow Town Hall on Monday from 10.30am.

Have your say

Mr. taxi driver,can you not just see that the fares are to low for you to make a living ? Blame the private hire firms who don't care what the drivers earn so long as they get their rent . Barrow is like Bombay - too many 15 year-old cars rattling round charging peanuts. It's cheaper than the buses !

Posted by A.Driver on 17 March 2014 at 11:52

Close the takeaways earlier, and the pubs and you wont get the problem.

Posted by IdiotsSpoilit on 17 March 2014 at 10:50

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