Bristol City Council has said it would be open to considering plans to pedestrianise a road just off Park Street, after businesses in the area proposed the idea.
Some traders on Park Street Avenue, which runs between Park Street and Park Row, have called for the street to be closed off to motorists for set periods in the day in line with similar trials that are taking place on Princess Victoria Street in Clifton and on Cotham Hill.
And a spokesperson for the council did not rule out the possibility that this could happen in the future, should locals request it.
“We recognise that there is no one size fits all model,” said the council spokesperson.
“Areas identified for future improvements are being considered on their merits. Any changes to these roads and streets will be based on the needs of the entire neighbourhood.”
Park Street Avenue is not on the council’s official list of roads that are under consideration for “improvement”.
However, traders in the area are working with the council and with the Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District to push their plan forward.
It would allow them to use more outdoor space for seating, and there are hopes that it would make the street more attractive to customers.
However, the council will make the final decision, and will have to consider the impact on parking space, waste collection, traffic flow, and access for emergency service vehicles and delivery lorries.
The council spokesperson added: “The pedestrianisation of sections of Cotham Hill and Princess Victoria Street are leading examples of the changes being made to roads and streets to create more liveable neighbourhoods.
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“These changes have been introduced to create areas free from traffic and congestion to improve the local environment as well as support local high streets recover from the pandemic.
“Feedback from both schemes has been overwhelmingly positive with hundreds of responses supporting the moves to give businesses and citizens more space and improving walking and cycling journeys in the area.
“It is now easier to walk or cycle up to the businesses in the pedestrianised zone, with more places to stop and rest for shoppers and ramps to help people with wheelchairs and pushchairs get from one side of the roads to the other.
“We continue to listen to feedback from businesses and the community to identify improvements that ensure these areas remain accessible to everyone.”
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