Road closures possible as Car Free Saturday is announced in town
PUBLISHED: 10:40 18 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:40 18 July 2019
Picture: CHRIS MAPEY
Woodbridge Town Council have announced a ‘car free Saturday’ is to take place in the town on September 21.
World Carfree Network began the initiative in 1997 as part of the group Carbusters and many cities and towns across the globe take part in the drive towards a cleaner planet.
Woodbridge has decided to sign up in a bid to rid the town of congestion, noise and pollution for the day and encourage its residents to walk, cycle or take the train instead.
As an incentive to ditch the car for the day, town councillor Patrick Gillard proposed offering discounts on train fares to the locality of the town, to be confirmed at a later date.
There will be road closures as the town council want to invoke a community led atmosphere.
With a busking competition and a street party to take place in the evening where the public can attend a 'Mayors tea party', the council want it to be a be a day of fun as well as enviornmentally friendly.
Retailers in the High Street will be encouraged to spill out in to the street and supplementary stalls will be offered to premises on Market Hill to extend their services and make the most of the cleared roads.
James Lightfoot, chairman of Choose Woodbridge, the business and tourism association for the town, informed the council that local shopkeepers were fully in favour.
Chris Mapey, also a councillor and landlord of The Angel pub, said: "As both a business owner and a councillor sitting on Woodbridge Town Council, I am very supportive of this.
"There is a large dependence on the car in rural communities for independent transport, and any scheme that aims to keep market town communities vibrant and successful whilst aiming to reduce our collective carbon dioxide emissions should be supported."
The council suggested that the street closure will occur between 10am and 10pm in the Thoroughfare and until 6pm between Quay Street, Church Street and Cumberland Street.
Mayor of Woodbridge Eamonn O' Nolan would like to ensure residents that despite the road closures they will still be able to gain access in and out from their properties within these areas and encouraged the community to celebrate the lack of cars.
Councillor Sharon Miller said: "I think the people of Woodbridge would really enjoy having a day to celebrate in the late autumn sunshine and of course, tea with our Mayor."