On Wednesday 16th February 2022 a survey was launched seeking views on how residents, business and visitors currently use and would like to use Chepstow High Street and the surrounding shopping area. High Street in Chepstow has been closed to vehicles since March 2020 other than for access to the disabled parking bays on Bank Street and for deliveries between 4pm and 10am. This change was made to enable shoppers to socially distance, to support outdoor trading and to support walking and cycling. There have been wide ranging opinions on this closure, so now as the council is considering longer term options as part of the Chepstow Placemaking Plan and Active Travel proposals, it would like to gather the up-to-date feedback from as many people as possible in order to shape future plans.
No decision has been taken on the future of High Street yet. There are potentially many options including fully opening up High Street to two-way traffic 24/7, two-way traffic at restricted times, one-way traffic, restricted access or full pedestrianisation. Each option will have advantages and disadvantages which need to be fully considered. Options will require traffic modelling to assess the impact of any changes on the wider road network and this will be undertaken by traffic consultants Arup as part of their study focusing on Active Travel across Chepstow.
Monmouthshire County Council and Chepstow Town Council have commissioned the preparation of a plan with consultants Arup and Chris Jones to look at regeneration improvements across the town not just the town centre. The results of this survey will form part of the options appraisal and design development for the High Street.
The survey closes at noon on 15th March 2022 – click HERE to take part.