Heritage Action Zone plans for improving the environment of the North Walsham conservation area are reaching the point where work can begin on the ground. These improvements planned for North Walsham Town Centre are definitely not change for the sake of change but to ensure a vibrant future for business and residents.
The long and extensive consultation seeking views on what improvements there should be to the centre of North Walsham produced a wide range on responses. One of the most dominant requests from local residents was that the town centre should be a safer and more accessible place to visit. For this more pedestrian friendly approach to be achieved this is what is proposed:
- Restrict the entry of most vehicles into Market Place for a limited period during the day when most shoppers visit the town. No wholesale pedestrianisation with vehicles being banned all day is proposed.
- Ensure the existing number of disabled parking places is kept in Market Place and be able to be used at any time.
- Loading and deliveries by cars and vans will continue to be permitted in Market Place at all times.
- Re-design of the lay out of the road and pavements in Market Place to slow traffic and make it a safer and more attractive place for pedestrians to use.
- Provision of 16 free one hour parking bays in the nearby Bank Loke and Vicarage St car parks to replace the loss of the short stay free parking bays in Market Place.
- Ample car parking to be kept close to the town centre for people to use.
To support these proposals improvements to the entrances to Market Place, including the lokes are planned along with new public toilets and a safer place for passengers to access buses on part of New Rd car park. A generous grant scheme to help improve some buildings in and around Market Place is also available.
Cllr Eric Seward said: "This significant investment in North Walsham under North Norfolk District Council’s Heritage Action Zone project is designed to encourage residents and visitors to come and use the shops, cafes and businesses in North Walsham’s town centre."