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Rochford Square Plans

February 15, 2008 by  

Comment from the Rochford Independent on the article in the Echo

So the shop keepers of Rochford Square don’t want it pedestrianised and they have been supported by 500 customers.  That should be enough for the RDC Chief to withdraw this idea.  The benefit of parking in the Square is not so much that it is free but it is convenient for the shops.  Even free parking elsewhere would kill off the idea of just popping out to local shops and the Somerfield close by.  Might as well go to the super centre supermarket then….perhaps.  And if Rochford is going to have free parking somewhere then the traders of other places will want free parking as well?

Banning all cars won’t work here

TRADERS  are  worried                  By JOHN GEOGHEGAN

for   their   livelihoods   if                        john.geoqhegan [at] nqe [dot] com

plans   to   pedestrianise            owner of Home Plus hard-

Rochford’s historic mar-            ware shop, in West Street,

ket square go ahead.                 and   a   member   of   the

About 500 shop owners     Rochford Chamber of Trade

and customers have signed                            committee,

a petition opposing the idea,         He said: “Lots of people

which was announced by           who have signed the peti-

Rochford District Council           tion say the plan is stupid

last week.                                 and, if they can’t park in

They are concerned the       the square, they won’t both-

move could result in no                  er to stop in Rochford.

more free parking in the               “Pedestrianisation won’t

town centre, which could          attract people. Rochford is

drive shoppers away. At the     not the place for pavement

moment, people can park in          cafes and art and  craft

Market Square free for one                                 shops.”

hour.                                      Rochford District Council

The petition was organ-           has been asking residents

ised by Mike Lucas,  64,            what  improvements they


 

would    like    to    see    in        wanted to pedestrianise th

Rochford and Hockley town    famous square in the hop

centres. The deadline for          it would boost tourist num

the consultation is today.                     bers in the town.

Ken Massow, 62, who runs       Mr Cutthore said: “The

R J Yeo jewellers, in West         concerns are really about

Street, said: “Every time          the taking away of the fre

the square’s been closed to             parking in the square,

parking, business has dete-         “Some traders have said

riorated.”                            to me if we find somewhere

However, Ian Dane, 47,        else with free parking nee

landlord of the Kings Head     the town centre, it will take

pub, in West Street, has          away some of those fears,

backed the plan.                         “We want to bring moi

He said: “I think it will do       business    to    a    revive

a lot of good for the town       Rochford town centre area

and local businesses. Ped-           want to take the traders

estrianisation   seems    to       with us as much as we can

work well in other market           An exhibition of the ear

towns.”                                  consultation results will 1

Council   leader    Terry       held in March before more

Cutmore said the council          final plans are drawn up.

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