Calls to pedestrianise Halkett Place
The constable of St Helier is proposing pedestrianising Halkett Place in a bid to boost trade, he believes the street is currently used as a rat run, and isn't very shopper friendly.
There are a number of empty shops in the area, and he believes that even part pedestrianising it, would lead to more footfall on the street.
Constable Simon Crowcroft said: “People have to compare this street with King Street and ask why it is humming with activity and Halkett Place does have an awful lot of through traffic.
“People aren't actually spending any time or any money in town but are simply finding a convenient way through. Certainly the traffic penetration on this street is one reason why a lot of shoppers don't come up this way.“
However some market traders oppose the idea.
Butcher Stephen Thompson said, “I think it's a bad idea because anything that's going to keep traffic and people away from town is going to endanger local businesses and we're already having a bad time at the minute so I think it's a bad idea.”
Antiques Dealer, Tony Delemos said, “People like to come into the town they like to park their cars, they like to drive into town and if they take Halkett Place away there'll be less parking spaces and I think the business is going to suffer.”
A meeting will be held in two weeks to consult with business owners about the suggestions put forward.