Traders speak up over plans to close Portsmouth city centre road

ROW Lord Montgomery Way could be pedestrianised. Picture: Steve Reid (123003-601)
ROW Lord Montgomery Way could be pedestrianised. Picture: Steve Reid (123003-601)
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SHOPKEEPERS are opposing plans to pedestrianise a busy road and change the way traffic flows through the city.

The proposal is being considered as part of the draft city centre masterplan.

It would see St Michael’s Road in the city centre opened up to two-way traffic with a junction to King Richard I Road, which would also be made two-way.

Lord Montgomery Way would then be pedestrianised.

Laura Asher runs Asher Design and Print with her husband Lee in Lord Montgomery Way.

She said: ‘The traffic is bad enough as it is so where is all the traffic going to go?

‘We’re also worried it might become an extension of Guildhall Walk.

‘We rely on people driving past and get articulated lorries coming down here for deliveries which they wouldn’t be able to do any more.

‘Hopefully it’s just something the council is looking at as an idea and it won’t actually go ahead.’

The council says the changes would improve the flow of traffic through the city.

Mike Allgrove, the assistant head of planning services at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘I’m very pleased people are responding and they can be assured we will report all comments to the cabinet when they come to make their decision.

‘We were just floating the idea and seeing what people thought of pedestrianising Lord Montgomery Way.’

People have until Friday to comment on the draft planning document.

Comments should be sent to Portsmouth City Council, Planning Services, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AU.

Thoughts can also be e-mailed to ldf@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

The full document can be seen online at portsmouth.gov.uk/living/25964.html