A meeting will take place next month to discuss a potential “hybrid solution” to the pedestrianisation of Rickmansworth High Street.
Vehicular restrictions have been implemented on the High Street since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March this year, Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) and Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) decided to trial long-term pedestrianisation for a further 18 months, with a six-month review due to take place next month.
Councillor Andrea Fraser, chair of Batchworth Community Council, told Rickynews: “We will be conducting a strategic partnership meeting with Three Rivers on October 9. We are hoping and campaigning for a hybrid solution, in which the High Street might be open during the week for short-term stays and drive-throughs so that elderly people can be dropped off nearby.
“On weekends, when children are off school, we think the High Street should stay pedestrianised. That’s what the focus groups we’ve spoken to want.”
Cllr Fraser also suggested that the car parks run by TDRC would benefit from offering free parking for longer than one hour, to avoid public reliance on the parking lots at Waitrose and M&S. Both supermarkets currently offer free parking for two hours, redirecting customers away from local businesses on the High Street.