Road set to close near Barrow night spots
Last updated at 11:49, Tuesday, 18 March 2014
A PLAN to close the focal point of Barrow nightlife to traffic at night times on weekends and bank holidays has been confirmed.
The Barrow local committee of Cumbria County Council yesterday agreed to the pilot scheme.
It has been drawn up by police and the county council following safety concerns over how busy Cavendish Street has become at peak drinking times.
Once fold-down signs, costing £3,500, have been put in place, Cavendish Street and the back streets surrounding it, will be closed to traffic between the junctions with Dalkeith Street and Dalton Road.
The closure will apply from 9pm until 5am on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and the day before bank holidays.
Councillor Anne Burns told the meeting in Barrow Town Hall that a similar scheme has worked well in Carlisle and was a “sensible way forward” in Barrow.
She said: “A few councillors have been out with police on numerous occasions and seen what happens after midnight – it sort of explodes. My worry is that somebody is going to get hurt.
“If there is a process where we have a shutdown, there’s still access for taxis to pick people up and take them away.”
Consultation has been carried out with licensees, businesses, residents and the emergency services.
In the first six months there is a statutory objection period, when concerns can be collated to determine whether the order should be made permanent.
Councillors Bill McEwan and Barry Doughty said a system for taxis to queue at the open end of Cavendish Street, and exit via Dalkeith Street, would be in place.
Councillor Kevin Hamilton, the chairman of the committee, said: “The invitation of going out with police to observe the nighttime economy is still open and, honestly, it’s an eye-opener, so don’t eat before you go out.
“I found out on Thursday at the Neighbourhood Management that 12 PCs have been assaulted in the night time economy.”
First published at 11:15, Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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It seems to me that all they're doing is moving the problem and probably making it worse as there will be even more people congregating in a smaller area
Personally i feel that this should be a paved area closed to traffic with coffee bars etc open in the day time, as it also gets the sun. And the area infront of the town hall and the Forum on Duke St opened up as a road again as its nothing but a cold shaded wind tunnel
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