Have your say about pedestrianisation in Wantage Town Centre

Have your say on Wantage’s COVID-19 Safer Public Spaces – Market Place Pedestrianisation Survey
In order to facilitate better social distanced areas within the Market Place and to encourage a safer environment for visitors, Wantage Town Council, following the Government’s Guidance for COVID-19: Safer Public Spaces – Urban Centres and Green Spaces, introduced the pedestrianisation of the western end of the Market Place on Saturday 4 July as an emergency measure.  This is now a temporary implementation for 18 months during COVID-19.

Pedestrianisation Plan for the future

Going forward, Wantage Town Council has created a plan to improve on social distanced areas within the Market Pace as a whole, to make the area safer for the public to visit and to engage with local businesses. Oxfordshire County Council have given guidance on the plan which is now being made public for everyone to have their say. 
The plan is more complex than just closing the western end of the marketplace and involves bus services, highways, disabled parking, other parking and taxi availability. The proposed changes are:
  • South side of Market Place (Fat Face side) closed to unauthorised traffic.
  • Two-way traffic on north side of Market Place (Wildwood side) with 20 mph speed limit.
  • Buses and taxis to be accommodated in eastern end of Market Place.
  • Pedestrian area to be extended to cover the highway on southern side of Market Place from western end to crossing by statue and up towards the Bell Public House.
  • Car park to west of statue to remain open but 3 parking spaces designated for the disabled leaving 11 (30 minute) parking spaces for general public.
  • No access to and from Market Place to Newbury Street.
  • Newbury Street from Market Place to Post Office Lane pedestrianised (2 disabled parking spaces).

Have Your Say

Please complete the survey here by 31 October 2020 (Paper copies of the survey questionnaire are also available at the Vale and Downland Museum in Church Street). 

Your input on the survey will assist the Town Council on whether they seek to implement the full plan or just stay with the western end for now.


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