Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

People are actually being consulted on the pedestrianisation of Norwich City Centre

partridge1.jpg

Plans are afoot for the pedestrianisation of Norwich City Centre, and, in the words of the great Alan Partridge: we're dead against it.

Norwich City Council have opened a consultation into a scheme which would see the street of Westlegate, closed to traffic, with surrounding roads redesigned, including Golden Ball Street becoming open to two-way traffic and All Saints Street becoming a new public open space. It would appear that this would make John Lewis and the All Saints Centre a focal point of the new area. Local residents and road users are being asked to submit their thoughts.

A 1997 episode of I'm Alan Partridge saw the broadcaster previously give his thoughts on proposed pedestrianisation, during a spot of lovemaking with former Peartree Productions secretary Jill. After asking her, he states his position:  "I'll be honest, I'm dead against it. People forget that traders need access to Dixons. "But they do say it'll help people in wheelchairs."

Local MP, Labour's Clive Lewis told the Daily Mirror,  "I’m supportive of plans for pedestrianisation of Norwich City Centre; it’s good for pedestrians, cyclists and business but it’s also really important that people have their say." He also added that, "Alan’s told me he no longer minds since Dixons sadly closed.'"

Norfolk County Council highways engineer Durga Goutam explained the plans further in the Eastern Daily Press.

Norwich City Centre

“We have looked at the movement of traffic now and modelled how it would change in the future with these plans. Pedestrianisation will help people get into the city and improve movement for shoppers.”

The scheme is hoped to also improve access to car parks and make bus travel smoother through the city; an exhibition of the plans is on display until the end of the consultation, on 27 July, while the results will be reported to the Norwich Highways Agency Committee in September.

Alan had previously explained the frenzied arguments that had taken place over proposed changes to Norwich City Centre's parking charges in the 2013 special Partrimilgrimage; let's hope the bloody scenes that accompanied that debate can be avoided this time.

Alan already has a history of predicting events that would later become reality, with his Cooking In Prison show coming to life in the form of Channel 4's 2012 programme Gordon Behind Bars, which saw Gordon Ramsay train up inmates. Meanwhile, the incredible Accidental Partridge twitter feed is awash with real-life Partridge moments.

(Images: AllStar/Norwich City Council)

Related

partridgebook.jpg

New Partridge Book Is On The Way

partridge.jpg

The Partridge Top Gear Showreel Is Here

key1.jpg

My Mentor: Tim Key

alphapapa1.jpg

New Partridge Movie & TV Series On Way

alan_3HERO.jpg

Steve Coogan

hotbed.png

Norfolk: A cultural hotbed

Comments

More

Here’s why we’ve had to wait so long for 'Rick and Morty' season three

He revealed all in a lengthy Twitter thread

by Tom Victor
26 Jun 2017

El Chapo - yes, that El Chapo - is suing Netflix

Self-image is important to the former most-wanted man

by Tom Victor
26 Jun 2017

Someone's discovered a £1 million item on 'Antiques Roadshow'

The world's dullest show just got interesting...

by Carl Anka
23 Jun 2017

Making a Murderer's Brendan Dassey moves one step closer to freedom

Will he finally get out?

by Dave Fawbert
23 Jun 2017

Here's your first look at the new zones on 'The Crystal Maze'

It's back on TV this week

by Tom Victor
22 Jun 2017

Does the new 'Game of Thrones' trailer hint at Jon Snow dying again?

It sounds ominous

by Alex Finnis
22 Jun 2017

BBC News screw-up accidentally airs two minutes of silence

No news is good news

by Dave Fawbert
21 Jun 2017

'Sherlock' writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat making 'Dracula' show

This is going to be massive

by Alex Finnis
21 Jun 2017

Friends creator finally responds to that dark Phoebe fan theory

Marta Kauffman has addressed the dark theory that Phoebe is a delusional homeless woman

by Emily Reynolds
20 Jun 2017

How many of these 30 'Big Brother' contestants can you name?

Take a trip down reality TV memory lane

by Gary Ogden
20 Jun 2017