SHOPPERS, traders and shop keepers in Beccles are being asked to have their say on a road closure that has caused divisions in the town.
New Market has been closed to traffic between 6am and 4pm on Fridays since August, but while the market traders have benefited from this, shopkeepers along the road are upset it has been impacting on their business.
Now the row is to be taken to a consultation with members of the public asked to have their say about whether they think the road closure should remain or be abandoned.
On Wednesday, a meeting was held at the Town Hall that revealed that the consultation would take place.
Beccles county councillor Chris Punt said he supported the road closure and that it had made the market a safer place.
He said “The idea was to bring more people into the town which would help the other shops as well. We held a consultation about a year ago and at the time had one objection.”
Waveney District Council spent £10,500 on the scheme, while the town council contributed £6,000 to close the road with a view to helping the market expand.
Mr Punt said: “The number of stalls we have at the market has extended and it seems to work well in my opinion.”
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