Following an on-line consultation with interested parties last night, the Council has decided NOT to go ahead with the proposal for a temporary closure of the High street.  See the Council’s public statement:-

Following on from the Government’s announcement to provide a funding opportunity to introduce temporary measures to help support Active Travel, Solihull Council has spoken to Local Ward Members, representatives from Knowle Society and Visit Knowle, to consider what is currently appropriate for Knowle, to support economic recovery during the COVID19 pandemic.

Whilst options to pedestrianise, introduce a one-way traffic systems or shuttle two-way working were considered, the consensus from the initial conversation was that no changes will be introduced, it was also agreed that any future proposals for schemes would be subject to full public consultation before any decision would be made.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment & Highways, said:

“Due to the current light traffic conditions, we will take the opportunity to replace the street lighting system and provide new LED energy efficient technology. This work will require temporary two-way working controlled by temporary traffic signals, which is expected to help reduce traffic speeds whilst the work takes place.

One minor temporary change was supported and will be introduced as soon as possible. The introduction of a 20 mph speed limit along the High Street, Lodge Road and part of Station Road. This is to help make drivers aware of the need to travel at lower speeds due to the increased risk of more pedestrians and cyclists using the roads around the village.

In addition to these roadworks, the Council, in partnership with Visit Knowle, will be providing support to local retailers and businesses to help them re-open to the public safely from the 15th June. Information signs to remind people about the need to follow the Government’s latest social distancing advice will also be provided around the village.”

“With regard to the Village car parks, these will remain free of charge for all customers. We will review this on the 23rd June 2020.”

INSTALLATION OF NEW STREET LIGHTS

Those who have been in the High Street in recent days might have noticed yellow marks on the lamp-posts and pavements.  These are in preparation for the replacement of all the street lights in the High Street.  The existing ones are beyond their life and cannot be repaired or replaced with identical designs. It has therefore been decided to replace all of them with a new design.  The locations will also be changed, partly to move them away from the edge of the pavement for safety and partly to avoid being in front of the notable buildings.

The works will start on Monday 15th June and will be managed to minimise disruption.