Traders lock horns on pedestrianisation plan in Cottingham
TRADERS are discussing the piazza-style pedestrianisation of a central street in a bid to bring more shoppers in to the heart of Cottingham.
At a meeting last night, members of the Cottingham Traders' Association considered keeping cars off Hallgate.
While some shopkeepers believe the move would boost footfall, others are concerned a lack of parking spaces would drive away customers.
Councillor Helen Green said she would like to see a piazza, perhaps similar to the pedestrian-only centre of Beverley.
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Cllr Green, who represents Cottingham South ward, said: "I was at a traders' meeting and nobody was strongly opposed to the idea.
"It's an opportunity for East Riding Council to come along and tell us about possible plans and ideas.
"Anything that can increase footfall in Cottingham can only be beneficial for traders."
James Harris, chairman of the traders' association, also thought pedestrianisation should be considered.
He said: "I believe it is an idea worth discussing.
"There are positives that could come out of it.
"It's something we need to look carefully at and see what people's feelings are."
Since planning permission was granted for a new supermarket in Station Road, business owners have been discussing how best to showcase the village.
The 37,000sq ft store split opinion and has now led to a group of shopkeepers leaving the traders' association to form their own group, the Cottingham Enterprise Guild.
Their chairman Mike Harness opposes pedestrianisation.
He is concerned the loss of spaces in Hallgate would add to the village's chronic lack of parking.
Mr Harness said: "If the supermarket does get built, it's going to gridlock the centre of Cottingham.
"Pedestrianisation would make it even worse."
Councillor Leena Slater represents Cottingham South. She said: "In principle, I very much support pedestrianisation, provided we do it on a piecemeal basis, so we don't go into it headlong.
"There are an awful lot of things to be looked at.
"I'm for it in principle after we've spoken to the residents and the traders."
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