Howden town centre trial pedestrianisation proposals rejected after East Riding of Yorkshire Council consultation

Mon, 22 Feb 2021

A consultation on a trial to pedestrianise Market Place and High Bridge in Howden Town centre has shown that there has been strong local opposition to the proposals.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council, based on the responses of over 600 consultation participants, will not pursue the trial proposal any further. 

The majority of respondents live in Howden or use the town for its shopping and leisure facilities, with 53.6% surveyed strongly against the council's proposals.   

Further questions in the consultation asked how much the town centre would need to change in the next 10 years, with 46% of respondents suggesting it is already 'fit for purpose'.

Councillor Victoria Aitken, portfolio holder for economic development and inward investment at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "We fully appreciate and are thankful for the feedback we have had from the many residents, businesses and stakeholders taking part in this consultation.

"We have noted how, for example, people have told us that Howden town centre's main role is for everyday shopping. Additionally, feedback also suggested that there is room for improvement in some other aspects of the town centre, such as cycle parking. We will continue to work with local stakeholders to identify future improvements for the long-term benefit of the town." 

The council is now working with local stakeholders to develop a COVID-19 recovery plan, which will recommend a series of realistic and achievable actions that will work towards a successful recovery for the town centre, post-lockdown.

For more information about the results of the consultation or any further queries, email Joe Russell, local growth coordinator at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, at joe.russell@eastriding.gov.uk

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