EARLY plans to declutter Gosport’s High Street and boost trade in the town have been released to the public.
The £130,000 scheme, designed by architects from the University of Portsmouth, will see unused bike bollards and benches that don’t match removed in a bid to make the street clearer.
Gosport’s council has put the not-yet-finalised designs out for consultation.
Martin Andrews is the university’s architecture Project Office coordinator.
He said: ‘If you take a wander down the high street you’ll see there’s five different types of seating style, three different types of bins, and bike bollards absolutely everywhere that aren’t used.
‘You can take away a lot of the redundant items, you can group the bike stands together and come up with a colour palette down the street on the metal goods.
‘It becomes much clearer, much more structured.’
It comes as a separate project run by Hampshire County Council will see wayfinding totems – a signage system – installed in the town centre in January.
The £130,000 funding has come from the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire.
Under the plans, the two ‘gates’ near the Conservative Club could be moved to either end of High Street.
And the street will get greener, with new planting at the east and west ends.
Architects’ sketches show plans to move the town’s market stalls closer together, outside the town hall, with room to expand toward the ferry terminal.
But market trader Andy Mellers is unconvinced.
He is concerned the plans will see competing stalls closer together when normally they are spread further away.
‘They’re going to have two of everything in such a short space, you’ll walk past one and then 10ft later you’ll have the other stall,’ said Mr Mellers.
‘Trying to condense it doesn’t always work. It will kill the top end of the high street.’
Councillor Stephen Philpott is the chair of the borough’s economic development board.
He said: ‘We would love people to take part in the consultation. It’s really important if market traders have any concerns... it’s really important they have their say.’
Take part in the consultation at gosport.gov.uk