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PLANS to slow traffic and increase CCTV on Southampton Street have been submitted.
Southampton City Council has unveiled plans for Carlton Place and Bedford Place after working with businesses and local residents.
A package of traffic and public space improvements has been drawn up, including traffic slowing, CCTV and more lighting.
It aims to “enhance its unique character as a boutique leisure and shopping destination”, the council said.
Carlton Place is now permanently pedestrianized and the plans include designated areas for hospitality providers to use for outside tables and seating.
It will be expanded to include open space in the center of the junction of Carlton Place and Lower Bannister Street.
The open space will be suitable for pop-up events or flat-surface markets to make the area more accessible to everyone, along with improved CCTV and lighting to improve visibility at night.
The proposed measures at Bedford Place themselves aim to reduce traffic speeds and increase safety.
The design uses a curved ‘building’ on Bedford Place, at its junction with Carlton Place.
The development, or rather the extended area of the sidewalk, will have a flat surface and provide an accessible public area with greenery and seating.
Traffic will be slowed as construction narrows the roadway and provides an informal “right-of-way.”
It will also reinforce the wider 20 mph speed limit planned for the Polygon area.
The temporary hospitality area at Bedford Place will be replaced by a permanent development with further greening. Designated disabled loading and parking areas will be available along Bedford Place.
The council is holding a public consultation which is available until 23 October. Caroline French, managing director of local firm WJ French & Son, said: “The plans are very exciting and will transform the area into a real ‘destination’.
“Bedford Place is a unique area, it combines modern with period buildings, there is no other place like it in Southampton.
“The Carlton Place scheme will create an opportunity to hold regular social events and markets.”
Stephen Manion, CEO of GO! Southampton added: “The new improvements will provide safe and relaxing outdoor spaces with an attractive cobbled square, outdoor seating and improved lighting for more people to enjoy a wide selection of independent bars, restaurants, shops and clubs during the day and evenings.”