New measures are set for approval to improve the ‘pedestrian experience’ and safety in Ryde High Street – but with a loss of on-street parking for residents and visitors to the cinema, bingo hall and local food outlets.
The changes look set to include tight time restrictions on delivery vehicles (06:00 to 10:00), a new ‘no parking zone’ at all times and a new restriction preventing vehicles driving up the High Street at any time of the day or night. This means that residents will have to find elsewhere to park in Ryde, which will no doubt result in paying for a parking permit.
It is also understood that parking will be lost on Garfield Road with current public parking transformed into loading bays. The impact the removal of parking will have on local businesses is yet to be seen.
There would also be changes to the ‘no entry’ status of neighbouring Anglesea Street from George Street, should the plans be approved. This means market vehicles will enter the square outside the Co-Operative from George Street. Residents living on Anglesea Street will have to find elsewhere to park.
The improvements have been prompted by Ryde Town Council to enhance the shopping experience in the High Street, and also have the support of Ryde Business Association. They cover an area of Ryde High Street from Garfield Road to Star Street, including part of Anglesea Street and the town square.
A 28-day consultation was held on the changes in March this year – including with police, the town council and local councillors. 26 letters of representation were received and have ‘been considered’.
The Isle of Wight Council’s Cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, Councillor Ian Ward, is now recommending amendments to traffic orders to allow the changes to be brought in. His delegated decision report, including the recommendation, has been published today (Friday 13 December) here.
The report says the changes would reduce risks for pedestrians, remove inconsiderate parking and improve access for emergency vehicles.
Councillor Ward said:
“We hope these changes will make shopping and using this pedestrianised area a safer and more enjoyable experience, and would like to thank all those who have contributed to the discussions involved in this initiative.”