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Amesbury to get town centre improvements

Posted: 12/04/2007 08:48:18

Improvements to Salisbury Street and the A345 in Amesbury are to go ahead after receiving support from residents and community groups.

The proposals from Wiltshire County Council are aimed at enhancing the overall street scene, and providing an improved environment for all users, particularly pedestrians and cyclists.

Earlier this year the proposals were displayed for several weeks in Amesbury library during which time the traffic regulation orders were formally advertised. This resulted in 18 letters of objection being received along with 31 letters of support. The proposals have the backing of Amesbury Town Council, the local county council member, as well as the Salisbury District Council portfolio holder for environment and transport.

As result Wiltshire County Council has decided to press ahead with the scheme. Work should start in July 2007 and be completed by December 2008.

Fleur de Rhe-Philipe, Wiltshire County Council cabinet member for environment, transport and economic development, said: "I am pleased that people in Amesbury have seized this opportunity to consider the improvement plans and offer their views.

"By working together we can now start to give this the town centre a fresh look and a new feeling of vigour and vitality which will benefit everyone.

"As ever with these type of schemes compromises have had to be made but the result will be a better place for people to live, shop and visit."

The first phase of the works will see the construction of a new double mini-roundabout and zebra crossing at the Salisbury Street/A345/Smithfield Street junction. The alterations at this junction are designed to help to improve traffic flow, and make the junction easier for both pedestrians and cyclists to negotiate.

The Salisbury Street scheme will also see the existing footways paved and widened, and incorporate new pedestrian crossings and taxi ranks, as well as formalised loading arrangements for the shops and designated parking for disabled people.

The process began in 2005 when a range of local representatives were consulted as part of the Amesbury Town Centre Transport Study. As part of this consultation a number of possible schemes were considered.

The second phase looked at the feasibility of different proposals and, through a workshop open to the public, input was sought to finalise the town centre study and to find out what the priorities were for local people.

It was clear from the consultation that people felt improving the appearance of Salisbury Street was the top priority for the town. So, in October 2006, the county council commissioned Mouchel Parkman design a scheme for Salisbury Street. A working group was set up with a number of local representatives to help further develop the scheme. The results were advertised and consulted on in January 2007.

Now the scheme has been approved, the county council will advertise in advance what alternative traffic arrangements will be put in place before work starts. It will liaise with town centre businesses in an attempt to lessen the impact of the proposed works and ensure that Amesbury remains open for business during construction.

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