Street to reopen to cars when it is safe, says minister

BROAD Street will be reopened when it is ‘safe and proper to do so’, the Infrastructure Minister has said.

Broad Street which is closed to traffic to allow for physical distancing whilst Covid restrictions are still in place. Picture: JON GUEGAN. (30496757)
Broad Street which is closed to traffic to allow for physical distancing whilst Covid restrictions are still in place. Picture: JON GUEGAN. (30496757)

Deputy Kevin Lewis was asked by Deputy Steve Ahier during yesterday’s States sitting whether the St Helier street would be reopened to through traffic or if the minister agreed with the suggestion from Constable Simon Crowcroft that it should remain closed.

Mr Crowcroft has said that the street should be permanently closed to traffic and turned into a pedestrianised hub, arguing that reopening it would be a ‘lost opportunity’ to bring more people to town.

‘I will be opening Broad Street when I am advised it is safe and proper to do so,’ Deputy Lewis said, adding that this had been his intention from the outset.

Deputy Lewis said he was aware of the St Helier Constable’s ‘wish to have it remain closed, but I will stick to my word and open Broad Street when I’m instructed to do so, which hopefully won’t be too far into the future’.

This was dependent on Covid, Deputy Lewis added.

He said if any Member wanted the street to remain closed they could bring a proposition to the States and the Assembly could debate it.

Deputy Lewis said he was relying ‘predominantly’ on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Cell to make the decision.

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