Motorisation Day could really be a hit
Traders have announced plans to stage a Motorisation Day in the centre of Petersfield.
Over the weekend of September 11 and 12, ONLY people driving cars, vans, lorries and possibly motorcycles will be allowed to use the Square and the High Street. Pedestrians will be banned.
“We want to use the weekend to show people how great it would be if those pesky pedestrians weren’t wandering about all over the roads and pavements,” said jeweller and haberdasher Matt Tress.
“It will be fantastic! Without people cluttering up the streets motorists will be able to drive up the High Street much faster. We’re thinking of applying for a relaxation of the speed limit up to 80 miles per hour – after all it’s a very straight wide road, especially if you include the pavements.
“We believe this move will attract motorists from all over the area as it will make our town centre uniquely attractive to drivers. Who will want to drive to Chichester with their dull old walking-speed precinct if they can drive round our roads completely unrestricted?
“And we won’t need any car parks because you won’t have to get out of your car – it’s genius!”
Many traders are already planning to widen their doorways to allow access to motor vehicles, while others are planning to simply have drive-by service windows for the weekend.
Mr Tress commented “I’m going to be the first drive-through jeweller in Hampshire – that’s got to be good. It’s another first for Petersfield.”