Eastgate pedestrianisation trial planned for April
A TRIAL period of pedestrianisation will take place on Eastgate Street for three consecutive weekends starting in April.
The decision was made by the Nightsafe community group at the latest meeting on Friday, led by city councillor Jennie Dallimore.
Monthly meetings take place between key players from the evening economy – including bar and club owners, taxi drivers, councillors and police.
"Police are gong to be hand-delivering letters to all businesses explaining the details of the closure," said Mrs Dallimore.
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"We are all quite excited about this and we will be reviewing it after the first weekend trial so we can address any potential issues that may arise.
"The idea is to show that Gloucester is a safe place to go at night and hopefully this trial period will help enhance that. By attracting more people in at night, we can improve the local economy."
The closures, to all traffic except emergency vehicles from 11pm until 5am, start from Friday, April 5.
Funding has already been secured for one set of rising bollards, and more could be on the way. City council cash from the sale of land at St Oswald's Park to Tesco could be used to pay for a second set of bollards to keep traffic out of Eastgate Street at night.
Other matters discussed at the Nightsafe meeting, held at Bearlands police station, were a new 'Gotcha' scheme to encourage revellers to keep valuables safe.
Under proposals, stickers with the new Nightsafe logo could be handed out to stick on handbags and mobile phones to ward off would-be thieves.
The group is also applying for funding from the police and crime commissioner fund to help pay for taxi-marshalling at night.