Part of Palmerston Road, south of Osborne Road, was initially closed by Portsmouth City Council last year to create space for walking and cycling as pandemic restrictions increased under temporary powers granted by the central government. These changes have also benefited businesses on the road as they recover from bottlenecks by giving them space to provide a vibrant and enjoyable place for their customers to have drinks and meals with friends.
The council recently engaged with local residents and businesses on Palmerston Road, as well as those who travel and visit, to understand if there is a desire to continue with the road closure. The comments clearly show that the local community and visitors want traffic to remain limited in this area.
Cllr Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transport, said: “I am delighted to have seen Palmerston Road thrive during the road closure, with much taking advantage of the outdoor space. It’s good to know that we have the support of the majority of the local community, who want the vehicle restrictions to remain. “
More than 1,300 people responded to the Palmerston Road survey and more than a quarter were from the local community. Overall, 89% of respondents want the changes to continue and only 3% want the road to be reopened. Looking at the data in more detail, he showed that the local community as well as visitors were in favor of the changes with 83% of local residents, 64% of local businesses and 92% of visitors wanting the changes to be made permanent.
The survey asked whether the overall impact was positive or negative, the results showed that a majority (86%) of respondents said the temporary road closure had a positive impact on their day-to-day business activities or their Palmerston Road experience.
Among all respondents (local businesses, local residents and visitors), the top additional improvements respondents wanted to consider were to see more plants and trees (87%) and more space for restaurant tables and chairs. (80%) along Palmerston Road. Other additional improvements included an outdoor stage for live music, public street art, creating a shared surface for pedestrians and cyclists, and improving access for people with disabilities, for example. by more inclined edges and even surfaces. For more information on the full results, visit https://yourcityyoursay.portsmouth.gov.uk/palmerston-road-south-road-closure-consultation-2021/
Cllr Stagg went on to say, “The pandemic has given us the opportunity to make temporary improvements, but as we can see from the survey people want these changes to continue, so we’ll start the next one. step to make this permanent. A statutory consultation on formal proposals will begin shortly, via a traffic regulation order. If approved, we will make some initial changes, such as replacing road signs, this year. “
Investigations into road closures for other roads closed during the pandemic are currently being analyzed and once carefully reviewed, the results will be shared over the next few weeks. For the latest information www.travel.portsmouth.gov.uk or to get in touch with the project team, send an email to [email protected]