LETTERS: Don't remove Covid-safe bollards in Knaresborough just yet

FROM: Shan Oakes, Knaresborough

Thursday, 22nd July 2021, 10:56 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd July 2021, 10:58 am
It is high time that Knaresborough High Street was made safer for pedestrians as well as better for retailers, by slowing the traffic and making pavements wider permanently.

I live in Knaresborough and am concerned to hear that the bollards to improve distancing for Covid may be removed.

My concern is that the pavements are so narrow, especially on one side, that:

•People will be squashed together again when Covid numbers are very high

•Main road traffic will be pushed closer to the people again

•Emissions will be closer to the pedestrians, including babies low down in buggies

•People will avoid the High street again thus damaging High St businesses.

OPINION: Harrogate is the perfect place to visit, live, work and study - James Mason, Welcome to YorkshireIt is high time that Knaresborough High Street was made safer for pedestrians as well as better for retailers, by slowing the traffic and making pavements wider permanently.

Currently, pedestrians avoid the High Street because of the noise, smell and physical danger caused by heavy traffic.

Speed there should be slowed right down and enforcement installed.

It should be made pedestrian–friendly by building permanent road-narrowing and pavement–widening extensions to the pavement, with planting where possible.

If the bollards are removed now, we have lost the opportunity to make the changes desperately needed for health and safety.

I’d suggest a survey of what users think and a trial using flower planters instead of the bollards to narrow the road.