Friday 10 May 2019
Access times for the North Plantation will be amended from 12th May on a trial basis to provide a safer area for shoppers and more space for outdoor eating and drinking.
General access for vehicles to North Plantation will be prohibited after 10am in the morning similar to other streets in town. Deliveries (loading/unloading) will be allowed from 5am to 10am daily, without a permit.
North Plantation, between the Ship and Crown and the Thomas De la Rue pubs is a well-known hot spot for restaurants and bars. This trial by Traffic and Highway Services will introduce more shared space and allow businesses in the area to use the space more creatively. This will include expanding al fresco opportunities.
It is expected that this scheme will create a more pedestrian friendly environment which will enhance the area and support its businesses. One business is known to have applied already for a new al fresco licence.
In recent times, there have been more incidents of people ignoring the current time restrictions on the road which protect pedestrians and illegal parking in the area.
The changes will mean access to the small number of off-road parking areas in the road will be by permit only. After 10am, vehicles with permits can exit the North Plantation past the Tourist Information Centre. This is due to the likely introduction of al fresco in the Thomas De La Rue area. Therefore, the permits will also include permission to drive against the one-way street.
As with other prohibited streets, Traffic and Highways may provide short term permits from time to time for people that require access for works outside of the delivery times.
Traffic and Highway Services will have staff on site in the week coming 13 May to provide advice and guidance to anyone using the area.
Deputy Barry Brehaut, President of the Environment and Infrastructure Committee said,
"The changes to North Plantation will provide an added attraction in the Town centre for Islanders and visitors alike. I'm confident it will also benefit businesses in the area by allowing them to offer something more, and by increasing footfall."