A thriving accessible High Street is a fundamental part of making a town truly livable. The fact that so many of the day to day items you need can be obtained in the town without having to drive anywhere else, is one of the reasons why Deal won High Street of The Year back in 2014.
Before the pandemic hit, the Town Council undertook a High Street Pedestrianisation Consultation. This was to understand a little more about how & when citizens shopped in the High Street and their views on the potential pedestrianisation of the north end of the High Street on a Saturday.
The survey for the consultation was published in a leaflet as well as online and there was a public display in the Town Hall. 154 paper surveys were returned and 604 people completed the online survey, making a total response from shoppers of 758.
In addition, all the retail outlets (50) in the potentially affected area were invited to complete an online business survey, 20 responses were received.
The key results were that 80% of the public respondents would be in favour of extending the pedestrian zone on a Saturday and 75% of retail outlets in the area who responded would be in favour of extending the pedestrian zone on a Saturday.
As well as answering specific questions, respondents were able to comment on the idea. This has provided an incredibly useful resource of concerns and aspirations from local people and businesses that will help to shape the Transport & Infrastructure Committee’s work.
Here are the full Survey Results.
As and when a more specific High Street traffic restriction plan has been formulated, the Town Council will undertake another public consultation.
The Transport & Infrastructure Committee of Deal Town Council will now be working with Dover District Council and Kent County Council to explore potential traffic restrictions in the High Street on Saturdays. This work will include looking at timings, area and how the restrictions may operate.
If you have any questions about this work please email the Project Officer