Drop into the Community Office on Christmas Shopping Night (Wednesday 6 December) to meet our urban design consultants and share your ideas about the junction with them.

Residents have told us repeatedly that this junction does not work well for pedestrians or for motorists. When our 2016 Town Plan Survey asked which locations were priorities for improvement for walking, the Library Junction came top.

In our Town Plan we therefore said that we intend to “commission a series of studies and work with residents and businesses to… re-design the Library Junction”. The Council has now appointed Streets Re-imagined, an urban design practice, to develop a design for the junction that make it safer and more convenient for pedestrians. Their approach is to work with the local community to understand their experience of the junction, and this is what they want to do on Christmas Shopping Night.

You can read more about Streets Re-imagined on their website. The Council has awarded them a contract for £5,500 to carry out the design work, which we expect to be completed at some point early in the New Year. If their design is acceptable to the Council, the community and to the County Council’s Highways department we hope to be able to raise funds in future years to make the proposals a reality.