Council eyeing ‘alternative’ in Welwyn Garden City plans amid business backlash

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 July 2018

The taxi rank was moved to the southern section of Stonehills during the trial. Picture: Chris Flanagan

The taxi rank was moved to the southern section of Stonehills during the trial. Picture: Chris Flanagan

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Hertfordshire County Council has revealed it is considering “alternative arrangements” for Stonehills as part of the Welwyn Garden City town centre proposals.

The plans trialled last month included banning all traffic from the northern section of the road and moving the taxi rank to the south.

Most local traders were vehemently opposed and claimed it was ruining their business, while many residents reacted favourably.

A county council spokeswoman said it is currently reviewing the responses and will discuss the findings with key stakeholders over the next few weeks.

She added: “In light of concerns raised in respect to the temporary arrangements in Stonehills, consideration is being given to alternative arrangements that would still seek to improve the area for pedestrians and cyclists while minimising the disruption to businesses and residents.”

More information, including the next steps, will be revealed by the end of August, she added.

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