High Street Survey 2022
Published: 02 February 2022
Deal Town Council has launched a new survey to seek people’s views on continuing the pedestrianisation of the north end of the High Street between the junctions with Stanhope Road and Union Road on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm.
In January 2020, the Town Council undertook a similar survey and received over 700 responses from the public with 80% in favour of pedestrianisation.
Then the pandemic hit, and the country went into lockdown.
In June 2020, as non-essential shops were allowed to re-open, part of the north end of Deal High Street – from the Stanhope Road junction to the Union Road junction – was pedestrianised between 10am and 2pm on Saturdays to allow for social distancing.
This was a temporary pandemic pedestrianisation, consequently, Deal Town Council is exploring whether to continue this pedestrianisation and is seeking the views of shoppers and businesses.
The Mayor, Councillor Chris Turner said, “Over the last 18 months, we’ve all been able to experience the additional pedestrianisation of the High Street on Saturdays. If we are going to keep it, Kent County Council will need hard evidence that it really has strong community support, so we are conducting this new survey.”
The survey is available online and a High Street Survey Leaflet will be delivered by the Royal Mail to every home in the three Deal Town Wards later this month.
This consultation will run for six weeks closing on Tuesday 15 March. Results will be published on the Council’s website and Facebook page in March.