Businesses in Rugby were overwhelmingly in favour of the plan to ban private cars from more of the town centre – but the public were overhelmingly opposed.
The results of surveys about the £1 million ‘town centre enhancement scheme’ have now been published by the county council. The proposal has been put on hold in light of the findings.
Of 107 businesses questioned, 86 per cent supported the plan to bar all traffic apart from taxis and buses from parts of North Street and Church Street.
Backing for the scheme was even stronger among national retailers, with 96 per cent in favour.
But of 405 members of the public questioned, 81 per cent were opposed. Concerns included the displacement of traffic along side roads in the town and the cost of the scheme.
In the document, availilable of the county council website, report author Simon Prescott adds: “Throughout the consultation, it was evident that there was a strong desire for a bus interchange, with the former Gala Bingo site identified as a possible location.”
Concerns were also raised by Warwickshire Police, Rugby Disability Forum and the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.