LEYTONSTONE: "Let's discuss improving ALL our town centres" says Robbins (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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LEYTONSTONE: "Let's discuss improving ALL our town centres" says Robbins
COUNCIL leader Chris Robbins says he wants there to be a“broad discussion” about the future of all of the borough's town centres, following Conservative calls to scrap Leytonstone's dreaded one-way system.
Cllr Robbin said: “We need to look at what we want to get from our town centres, in terms of shoppers, families and children.
“It is a debate which needs to take place sooner rather than later and we will put together a timeline for this to take place.
“There is the potential for some radical ideas.”
Cllr Robbins said he did not know whether getting rid of the one-way system in Leytonstone would be desriable or feasible, but is willing to talk about all possibilities.
Deputy leader, Lib Dem John Macklin, said he too would welcome a debate on the issue.
He said: “There's an issue travelling in the Leytonstone area, I use public transport and you can be sat on a bus for a long time on the High Road.
“I do remember it not being particularly good even before the one-way system was put in though..
Cllrs Robbins and Macklin were speaking in response to a call from Conservative councillor and Leyton prospective parliamentary candidate Ed Northover for a debate on the future of Leytonstone.
Cllr Northover believes making the High Road two-way and pedestrianising Church Lane could regenerate the town centre and make it more attractive to visitors by creating a “cafe culture.”
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