22/05/2019

More than 100 people so far have shared their views on plans for the London Street/Bank Plain area of Norwich, with just week left to get involved with the consultation.

Plans of the proposals are available to view online at www.norfolk.gov.uk/londonstreet at City Hall and in the foyer area of OPEN on Bank Plain.

Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council are asking for feedback on the Transport for Norwich (TfN) project, which aims to create a clearer pedestrian route between Prince of Wales Road and London Street via Bank Plain, while also improving the quality of the public spaces in the area.

Proposals include creating new meeting areas in the centre of London Street where it meets Opie Street and at the top of the street, where it meets Bank Plain, as well as improvements to loading and parking facilities, and the removal of redundant signs and street furniture.

Councillor Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council’s member with responsibility for TfN, says: “London Street is an important part of Norwich and is of historical significance as the first shopping street in the UK to be pedestrianised more than 50 years ago.

“We’re asking for people’s views on plans to improve the area, which preserve its heritage while creating new public spaces and a more pleasant environment for those spending time there or using it as a route into the city centre.

“We’d like as many people as possible to get involved to help us take the project into the next phase of development.”

The project is due to be delivered using money awarded to TfN from the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities fund and builds on the current improvements taking place in King Street, Rose Lane and Prince of Wales Road.

The deadline for comments is Thursday 30 May 2019. Consultation responses will then be considered and reported back to local councillors later in the year, who will then decide how to proceed with the project.

Full details on the proposals and a link to the online consultation are available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/londonstreet.

The same information is on display on the first floor landing of City Hall and at OPEN until Thursday 30 May 2019, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

For more information about Transforming Cities, please visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/transformingcities.