A MAJOR shake-up of Oswestry’s traffic system could be on the cards following the launch of a new focus group.
Suggestions made at the inaural meeting of the Oswestry Transport Focus Group included introducing additional one-way systems, a 20mph speed limit and the creation of more on-street car parking spaces.
The aim of the new committee is to make Oswestry more accessible and prominent for residents and tourists in the hope of gaining visitors and business using funding pots such as the Shropshire Sustainable Transport grant.
Meeting for the first time on Thursday, December 12, representatives from Shropshire Council, Oswestry Town Council, West Mercia Police, Oswestry Chamber of Commerce, Oswestry Civic Society and the Trinity Area Residents’ Association agreed that if road users cohabited the busy streets in a better way it could lead to increased footfall.
Leader of Shropshire Council, Keith Barrow, who chaired the meeting, said: “There have been lots of talks about how the town centre should look and I believe the decisions for the local communities should be made by the local communities, hence why I have called this group with a cross section of representatives.”
“What can be more important than making Oswestry a more attractive place that people want to come to?
“If Oswestry is going forward it’s not about shops or businesses, it’s about making it a place people will want to come and then shops and businesses will come.”
However, Saffron Rainey, representing the Oswestry Civic Society, said: “Traffic is part of what makes a town live and breathe.
“In the Oswestry 2020 plan people are anxious of the town centre and its presentation.
“Development starts with attractiveness. You need the residents to enjoy it, then visitors will enjoy it and stay for a weekend or a week, then people will move here and invest in a big way.”
Oswestry’s Inspector Rik Klair added: “Oswestry is a town that should have a lot more visitors and there is a lot that could be done.”
The next meeting will be held in the New Year.
At a later date in the New Year a public session will be held to give residents and business owners the opportunity to air their views.