Spalding councillors are 'seriously looking at' issues with Market Place and Hall Place pedestrian zone
Fixed bollards could be added at the entrance of Spalding’s pedestrian zone in a bid to stop drivers from ignoring the rules.
County councillor Liz Sneath says that the issues with the frequently ignored restrictions are being ‘seriously looked at’ as part of work to regenerate the town centre.
Lincolnshire County Council says enforcement is a police matter and officers have conducted ‘days of action’ to ticket motorists.
Motorists are not permitted to drive through Market Place and Hall Place between 10am and 4pm but the restrictions are frequently ignored - bringing pedestrians and drivers into conflict.
In one frightening incident recently a van driver tried to force a group of pedestrians conducting a peaceful protest out of the way.
Coun Sneath, whose ward includes the town centre, said: “We are seriously looking at the whole issue as part of the town regeneration.
“We are looking at the roads all around the area in town.
“One of our thoughts may be fixed bollards that could be raised or lowered so people can’t get through at all between 10am and 4pm.”
The traffic restriction order has been in place since the 1990s with a sign at Broad Street to warn motorists that they are heading into a pedestrian zone - but this is largely ignored.
Pedestrians who have confronted motorists in the past about breaking the zone have reported abuse.
Coun Sneath said: “We know it is an issue I feel we have to sort it out now or just give up and accept it.”
She also said that these works are being considered along with Bridge Street and more disabled parking in the area.
Coun Sneath said: “We are working really hard on it.
“I want this sorting as much as as anyone.”
She is also going to be writing to the schools to ask them to remind pupils about cycling in the town centre. There had been complaints about careless cycling.