Kettering pedestrianisation a success, says council

The rising bollards at the High Street entrance to Kettering town centre
The rising bollards at the High Street entrance to Kettering town centre

Kettering councillors are to meet tonight to discuss the introduction of rising bollards in the town centre earlier this year.

The £190,000 works, which were completed in May, have drawn both negative and positive comments.

The council introduced the bollards, which are placed at each entrance to the town centre, as part of a plan to reduce traffic and improve the pedestrian environment.

While vehicular access to the town which people previously enjoyed has been removed, shoppers in the town have unequivocally backed the change as a success, according to a report to be discussed by the planning policy committee tonight (Wednesday, September 2).

The project has also seen the introduction of a 20mph speed limit throughout the zone with cycling and deliveries largely prohibited,

More than 250 businesses have been given fobs by the council so delivery drivers can still gain access through the bollards at particular times of the day.

The report states: “Inevitably, this project has received a number of negative comments – it restricts vehicular access to a part of the town that people previously enjoyed unfettered access to.

“However, it is worth noting that the clear and unequivocal response from shoppers in the town has been overwhelmingly positive.”