People Friendly Salisbury is a project which will see walking and cycling prioritised in the centre of Salisbury. The project will help to transform the city of Salisbury, making it a more attractive place to visit, shop and work; and improving air quality.
The designs are open for comments from the public, businesses and local groups. All submissions will be taken into account and where appropriate the designs will be amended ahead of the start of the scheme in the autumn.
The feedback survey closes 3pm on Thursday 13th August. Please complete the survey here.
The scheme will be progressed in two phases:
Both sections in phase 2 will be closely monitored throughout phase 1 to measure their usage and the flow of traffic.
Since the project was first announced, Wiltshire Council has received a significant amount of positive feedback from residents, businesses, and interest groups in the city, and also several comments on various aspects of the scheme.
People’s concerns mainly focus on traffic on the A36, access and parking for people with disabilities, access for deliveries and businesses, and the numbers of visitors and shoppers in the city.
The new designs will help to allay several of these concerns and others; for example:
Detailed FAQs and an explanation into the research behind the scheme can be found here.
Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “The initial announcement about this ambitious project generated significant feedback from residents, businesses, and interest groups in the city. We also received several comments on various aspects of the scheme.
“We have listened to this feedback, and our officers have adapted the plans to maintain access for permitted vehicles and groups that need to use vehicles to access the city centre, including Blue Badge holders. We have also taken a two-phase approach so we can monitor Crane Street and Fisherton Street before making any changes in these two locations.
“We hope people will be excited and enthused by these plans, and we welcome more feedback on the scheme through the official survey, which people can answer online. Our teams will then use this feedback to help shape the implementation of the scheme.
“Once this feedback exercise has closed and work starts on the scheme in the autumn, people will once again have the opportunity to comment throughout the 18 months of the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order.
“This exciting project will help to transform the city of Salisbury, making it a more attractive place to visit, shop and work; improving air quality; and prioritising pedestrians and cyclists over motorised vehicles.”
Dean Speer, Vice Chair of Salisbury BID and Partner of Myddelton & Major, said: “As the organisation representing city centre businesses, the BID’s role is to act as the conduit between businesses and Wiltshire Council. We are listening to the challenges and concerns from businesses and feeding them back to Wiltshire Council, ensuring they are heard and considered.
“This scheme could be hugely beneficial for Salisbury, and we want the scheme to be successful for all types of businesses. But business feedback is crucial for the project’s success and therefore we’re urging businesses to complete the survey.”
In partnership with VisitWiltshire, Salisbury BID co-fund the Visit Salisbury website to promote the city to visitors. The Visit Salisbury website has a full events calendar for Salisbury.