Read here the full results of our High Street Pedestrianisation Consultation - Survey Results
Throughout January 2020, before the pandemic hit, the Town Council undertook a High Street Pedestrianisation Consultation. People were invited to complete a survey regarding the potential extension of the pedestrian area of the High Street.
Nine hundred survey leaflets were distributed, mainly through High Street outlets. In addition, the survey was online through the Town Council website. 154 paper surveys were returned and 604 people completed the online survey, making a total response 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.
In September 2022, Kent County Council opened a public consultation to ask if people would either support or object to Deal High Street being closed each Saturday from 10am to 2pm. In November, following the statutory consultation period, the scheme was reviewed and the decision was taken to make the weekly closure permanent.