Traffic will be reduced in the North Plantation area from this weekend as a way to trial al fresco style dining there.
The road between the Ship and Crown and De La Rue pubs has several restaurants and bars which will be able to take advantage of the move.
General access for vehicles to North Plantation will be prohibited after 10:00 in the morning on Sunday 12 May, similar to other streets in Town. Deliveries (loading/unloading) will be allowed from 05:00 to 10:00 daily, without a permit.
This trial by Traffic and Highway Services will introduce a 'shared space' to allow businesses in the area to use the space more creatively. This will include expanding al fresco opportunities.
It is expected that this scheme will create a more pedestrian friendly environment which will enhance the area and support its businesses. One business is known to have applied already for a new al fresco licence.
In recent times, there have been more incidents of people ignoring the current time restrictions on the road which protect pedestrians and illegal parking in the area.
The changes will mean access to the small number of off-road parking areas in the road will be by permit only. After 10:00, vehicles with permits can exit the North Plantation past the Tourist Information Centre. This is due to the likely introduction of al fresco dining in the Thomas De La Rue area. Therefore, the permits will also include permission to drive against the one-way street.
As with other prohibited streets, Traffic and Highways may provide short term permits from time to time for people that require access for works outside of the delivery times.
Traffic and Highway Services will have staff on site in the week coming 13 May to provide advice and guidance to anyone using the area.
Deputy Barry Brehaut, President of the Environment and Infrastructure Committee said:
“The changes to North Plantation will provide an added attraction in the Town centre for Islanders and visitors alike. I’m confident it will also benefit businesses in the area by allowing them to offer something more, and by increasing footfall.”
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