Please don't open up Bedford Place to vehicular traffic. Maintain this as a safe area for pedestrians, cyclists and residents with disabilities to enjoy local bars, clubs and restaurants. This was originally a Labour Council initiative but was not strictly political. Supported by central government funding and the full range of Southampton local residents across the political spectrum.
Why is this important?
The Labour Councillors in Southampton originally created this safe space for pedestrians. This is a vibrant area for entertainment and shopping. The opening up of the space for outdoor use for everyone has been hugely beneficial during the pandemic. The continued use will provide some health security for the new-normal and gives safe transit for cyclists and scooter users towards the City centre; and directly promotes a greener, cleaner and safer environment for all. Please don't let this be taken away.