A consultation has begun for new traffic rules that will shape the future of Thornbury High Street.

Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) put in place last year will expire in January and so permanent rules are now required.

A period of public consultation on five TROs launched last Wednesday and will close on Saturday, September 25.

The TROs cover a proposed 20mph speed limit along the High Street and other roads in the town centre, disabled parking bays, loading bays, a prohibition of through traffic, one-way system for deliveries, a restricted parking zone and various waiting restrictions.

Changes are also proposed to parking arrangements along the section of High Street between The Close and Midland Way, where two-way access would be retained.

There are no plans for a bus route to be reinstated on the high street, something residents, business owners and MP Luke Hall are campaigning for.

South Gloucestershire Council argue the changes will support traders, make the area a more desirable destination for shoppers and visitors to spend time and reflect the shift in people’s shopping and leisure habits.

But there is still significant public opposition to the plans and so many people turned up to a meeting, called by residents who are against the high street changes, last night that dozens had to be turned away.

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To view and comment on the TROs visit southglos.gov.uk/consultations

Copies of the TROs are also available to view at Thornbury Library.

The council are also holding briefing sessions again on Monday at Turnberries. You can book a slot at eventbrite.com

South Gloucestershire Council's cabinet member for communities and local place, Cllr Rachael Hunt, said: “The new TROs will give effect to the changes that we are making to the High Street in Thornbury that will help the precinct recover and thrive by unlocking a major public investment package.

“How we make these changes is important, which is why we want to hear from local people their views about the details.

"We have already made amendments to the way we want to improve the High Street and we welcome the positive engagement we have had from many people on that.”