Decision details

Barnstaple pedestrian and cycle route improvements

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Council previously indicated that it was supportive of DCC proposals to pedestrian the Long Bridge and to extend pedestrianisation along Cross Street and Butchers Row on a temporary basis. The Council made clear that support was to be based on monitoring taking place of traffic flows, regular reporting to the Council on the impacts and the ability to withdraw from or change the scheme at any time.
Since that time, no further details of the proposals have been published and no formal public consultation has taken place. At the same time public and business opposition to the idea has grown considerably.
It is appreciated that the matter had to be dealt with quickly by DCC but the Council now consider that because of that lack of public engagement, confidence in the proposals is at such a point as to make them very unlikely to find support. The Council therefore consider that its support should now be withdrawn although it would be open to further discussions about alternative proposals.
The matter is considered to be urgent as the public and local businesses require a clear view from the District Council as quickly as possible.
Whilst I was previously willing to explore options for the Long Bridge, it is clear now that the level of opposition is such that any proposals are highly likely to fail. I am also concerned that NDC has not received the assurances previously sought and about the fact that although the possibility of the proposals is widely known, DCC has not published any detail to enable the public to make an informed decision.


To withdraw support for the proposal to pedestrianise the Long Bridge but to support the measures to extend pedestrianisation in Cross Street and Butchers Row.

Alternative options considered:

The Council could maintain its previous stance of support but has not received assurance about reverting to the current position during the 3 month trial and to do so would ignore the considerable opposition now being expressed.

Publication date: 19/06/2020

Date of decision: 18/06/2020