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Plans to scrap bus lanes in Hadleigh town centre
7:00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
BUS lanes in Hadleigh town centre could be scrapped as part of new proposals for the £60million masterplan.
The future of the town centre revamp was thrown into disarray after bosses at County Hall refused to allow traffic along London Road to be restricted and the High Street to be made two-way which were at the heart of the plans.
Now senior Tory councillor Norman Smith says the Castle Point Regeneration Partnership is considering removing the bus lanes in a bid to make it easier for residents to access both sides of the town.
London Road would be reduced to two lanes instead of three and a dedicated left turn into Rectory Road.
Mr Smith said: “It was disappointing for us to not have the support from Highways, but the Hadleigh masterplan is still very much alive.
“We are still looking at how improvements can be made to the road network. We are taking another look at the study to see if we can remove the bus lanes so the connectivity between one side of the town and the other is better. This is a problem as at the moment people are not encouraged to move from one side to the other.
“We have asked the county council to carry out the work and we expect to have the results in the next three to four weeks.”
The partnership is also looking at the market to see what developers would be interested in taking on and revitalising the central island site where the Crown pub and Hadleigh Old Fire Station are.
A similar initiative was carried out for Hadleigh Hall with great success after a well-known food chain, which has not yet been named, showed a “firm expression of interest” in transforming the building into a new restaurant.
Mr Smith added: “The masterplan is inspiring developers who are enthused by the vision and are interested in investing in Hadleigh.
“The island site is all under public ownership, and it is a big area so there is a good opportunity to create something special.
“We are determined the fire station will stay as it is such an iconic building, but other than that we are leaving the development brief quite open.
“It could include a new library within the scheme and a new use for the Crown pub, which I think residents would really like to see.”
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