Plans were recently revealed for the release of a survey exploring the possibility of reopening Boscombe High Street to traffic.
The area has been pedestrianised since 1990 and this transformation came after many years of debate and eventually a big revamp was agreed upon.
However this decision is now being questioned due to increasingly lengthy bus journey times within routes that travel through the area, the reintroduction of vehicles to this 300 metre stretch of road would be centred around improving public transport service.
Since the announcement of this survey earlier this week, residents have been keen to ensure their voices are heard. Ellen Savva owns zero waste food shop ‘Just 1 Swap’ and had this to say: “It’s a massive disruption of the shop, people wouldn’t be able to come in they would go to Bournemouth and they would go elsewhere.”
Check out more of what Ms Savva had to say in the clip below:
Luna Adoire is a Barista at a small coffee bar on the high street called Espresso Kitchen. Their business is reliant on the outdoor space it has due to the size and maximum capacity of the shop.
Ms Adoire was strictly against any changes to the pedestrian friendly setup they currently operate within, she said: “It would take away all of our summer income.”
Here more from her in the following SoundCloud link:
Despite plans being in the early stages, opposition is already beginning to gain traction. If any project were to be approved, there would certainly be many obstacles before any meaningful change was reached.
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