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Letters: Driving traffic away from Lymington market

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SIR – Your readers will have read Ian Erridge’s letter ‘Market trial will not work’ (19th June) with great interest. This town is very dependent on visitors for its success, and the market is one of its great attractions. Having enjoyed it for 40 years, I have always wondered at the folly of allowing cars to drive through a crowded Saturday market.

There were four glorious days some years ago when the High Street was closed for a water main replacement, and people chatted happily in the street, in peace and safety. Think what Lymington could be like if his sensible suggestion was taken up, as hugely expanded space for pedestrians, street cafes and traders would create a truly splendid asset, and enormously reduce the current risks of viral spread.

There is absolutely no need for vehicles to use the High Street on a Saturday, and I would go further and suggest that if the street was pedestrianised totally, the beneficial effects on the town’s economy and health would greatly outweigh any inconvenience.

There could be specific times for deliveries to shops, and a system of automatic barriers allowing closure of the road, (such as one sees in French towns) could transform the town. The current insane suggestion of installing parking meters would have exactly the opposite effect!

My question is: who makes the decisions about such important things, and how can we get a public debate going at such a critical time for Lymington’s future?

Tom McEwen



SIR – Lymington market not rocket science? The easiest and simplest way would be to stop all traffic from Gosport Street entering High Street ie Captains Row.

All traffic to continue down Church Lane. All stalls back to back in the middle of the road so the two metres would work for stalls and shops.

Also a bus stop at the town hall. We have two footpaths through the cemetery, so one

in to town and the other back.

Nick Smith,



SIR – I could not agree more with Ian Erridge, as he speaks with years of experience of managing events when he says that Lymington High Street should be closed to traffic on Saturdays for the market (Letters, 19th June).

It makes such sense to have the stalls facing to the road and gives us all much more space to walk around them and keeps us all much safer too.

Definitely a time for fresh thinking!

Helen Byrne,


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