So many people turned up to a meeting called by residents against the changes to Thornbury High Street that they had to be turned away.

Last week’s town meeting had capacity for 100 residents but dozens were left queuing outside Thornbury Leisure Centre only to be told there was no room for them.

While some voiced their displeasure at being unable to attend, others pointed out the crowds show the strength of feeling around the high street changes - particularly when compared to the one or two members of public you might expect at the average town council meeting.

Jenny Goddard was among those unable to access the meeting.

“I didn’t mind not being allowed in as I was pleased they were taking our safety seriously,” she said.

“I live in Thornbury and walk through the town most days. I can’t really see how any of the measures they put in place have helped with anyone’s safety; we already had a large pedestrianised area.

“There was really no need to do anything. In most places the pavements are already quite wide.

“Most of all, I feel desperately sorry for all the local traders like Riddifords and Horders, who have supported this town for many years and are now being ignored. We don’t want to lose them.

“I feel SGC is trying to make a tourist attraction for others to cycle to, whilst forgetting and ignoring those that live here.”

Nick Harris was another left outside, and welcomed the fact a second meeting in a bigger venue is being planned.

“I have been a resident of Thornbury for nearly 36 years, and am sad to see the gradual decline in Thornbury, from the vibrant market town to now a shadow of its former self,” he said.

“In all that has been proposed by the council, there is nothing to say how this change will be an improvement. Apart from creating more opportunities for people to eat and drink outside in the rain.

“I look forward to finding out when the rearranged meeting will take place, as it was very evident from the turnout that Thornbury residents are not happy.”

Among those inside the meeting was new West of England mayor Dan Norris.

“Clearly much disquiet about high street plans if tonight’s meeting accurately reflects Thornbury as a whole,” he tweeted.

Consultation on the new Traffic Regulation Orders for Thornbury High Street is ongoing, and briefing sessions were again held this week.

Ahead of the consultation South Gloucestershire Council’s cabinet member for communities and local place, Rachael Hunt, said: “The changes we are making will help the precinct recover and thrive by unlocking a major public investment package.”