Calls for more restaurants and shops but less traffic in Chichester Vision responses

People taking part in one of the consultations in February
People taking part in one of the consultations in February
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Pedestrianisation of the city centre, more shops and more places to eat and drink topped the list for things people want for Chichester.

In total 508 people took part in the consultation for the Chichester Vision – the district council-led blueprint for how Chichester should evolve over the next 20 years.

Traffic around the city centre was a particularly hot topic, with many wanting to see the number of cars and pollution greatly reduced.

Support for independent shops, a safer and more diverse evening offering, as well as a variety of year-round entertainment for all ages were the next most popular changes called for.

Thanking those who took part in a ‘very positive’ six-week consultation, Tony Dignum, Chichester District Council leader said: “The consultation showed that more than three quarters of people who responded agreed with the overarching Vision statement, with people’s comments mirroring the ambitions and initiatives included under the different themes.

“When we asked what do people love about Chichester the top three things were shopping, places to eat and drink and pedestrianised streets.

“These were closely followed by parks and gardens, the theatre, Chichester Cathedral and the environment. This shows that there is a lot which is already good about Chichester and the Vision aims to enhance this to make the city even better.

“It is clear that supporting independent businesses, creating a better night time economy and reducing traffic are the things that people would most like to see achieved in their city in the future.”

The Chichester Vision brings together a wealth of ideas put forward by individuals, groups and organisations across the city.

It aims to help attract inward investment and stimulate economic growth by making the most of its heritage and culture while also adapting to better meet people’s needs.

The draft Chichester Vision, including the feedback, will be discussed at Chichester District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee next Tuesday.

It is then due up at cabinet before it is expected to be formally adopted at the full council meeting on June 13.

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