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Traffic free zone is needed in Holywood’s High Street: Easton

North Down MLA Alex Easton has suggested that a ‘pedestrian only’ area may be beneficial for a section of the main High Street in Holywood.

High Street is congested on an almost constant basis and Mr Easton said that it would be an idea “to close a section of it off to traffic”.

“Traffic congestion has been a problem in Holywood's High Street for some time with it congested almost constantly,” Mr Easton said.

“This is not good for local businesses or pedestrian safety and I am therefore proposing that a section of the High Street is closed off to traffic.

“Holywood has a lot of offer with its views, excellent selection of busy shops, cafes and restaurants and I want to see that it achieves its maximum potential.

“I will be suggesting this to the town centre manager (Stephen Dunlop) but would appreciate people's views on this proposal.”

Mr Dunlop said he had yet to be approached by Councillor Easton but that an idea for a pedestrian only zone for the centre of Holywood was possible.

“There has been no consultation on this and it is is only a flicker of an idea,” he said. “But it could happen only at a time when the seafront development is completed — which will create 200 parking spaces.”

It is anticipated that this development will begin later this year.

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