At last night’s (Monday 17 August) Town Council Planning Committee meeting it was announced that Wiltshire Highways were intending to erect safety barriers in the High Street later this week.
The barriers will facilitate pavement widening outside Bunces – 100 High St; The Royal Oak – 111 High St; The Food Gallery – 47-48 High St; Polly Tearooms – 26-27 High St; and Caffe Nero – 22 High St.
Town Clerk, Shelley Parker reported that, “ There is excitement from the businesses this affects with Caffe Nero and the Polly Tea Rooms keen to get this in place as soon as possible.”
The concern about the danger of ‘rolling cars’, the regular incidences of cars parked in the central area rolling down across the carriageway into either cars parked on the Southern edge or into the front of buildings, has been addressed by Wiltshire Council. They have ordered some more robust barriers for the South side of the High Street. However, these are not yet available. They will replace the ordinary barriers as soon as possible.
Twelve free car parking spaces are lost to the pavement widening scheme. To compensate shoppers and traders the Town Council is intending to offer free parking in the George Lane carpark on Fridays. This has yet to be approved by Wiltshire Council so will not be available this week.
Marlborough Town Council are still waiting to hear if Wiltshire Council will fund safety signage and gel sanitising stations as well as addressing their proposals to ensure safety in the area around the Marlborough Bike Company shop in lower Kingsbury St.