Guernsey

Guernsey traffic ban will not be extended

Lower Pollet in Guernsey
Image caption The Environment Department found the ban led to a "noisy and loutish atmosphere"

Guernsey States ended a trial traffic ban in part of St Peter Port after it led to a "noisy and sometimes loutish atmosphere".

For the past four weekends the Lower Pollet has been closed to traffic on Friday and Saturday nights after concerns about pedestrian safety.

The Environment Department said the move did improve traffic flow.

However, it found increased numbers of people in the area gave it a "threatening atmosphere".

The department said those raising concerns about the area believed this atmosphere was as much a risk to pedestrians, residents and businesses in the area as the interaction with traffic had been.

The Environment Department said it would continue to work with Guernsey Police to possibly bring the trial back in a different form.

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