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WESTMINSTER REJECTS TRAFALGAR SQUARE PLAN

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Westminster LBC's environment and planning committee have rejected plans to pedestrianise Trafalgar Square, sparkin...
Westminster LBC's environment and planning committee have rejected plans to pedestrianise Trafalgar Square, sparking the anger of environmental groups.

The Independent (p10) reports that the plan by Norman Foster was rejected because of fears that it would bring more traffic chaos to the capital's congested roads.

The Civic Trust, which promotes environmental improvements of towns and cities, said yesterday that the council was being short-sighted.

However, the council said it was eagerly awaiting government proposals to curb traffic levels, due out in the transport white paper later this month.

Alan Bradley, the committee chairman, said: 'If in the forthcoming white paper the government stays true to its convictions, which we support, for effective restraint on unnecessary traffic in central London, that would create the conditions in which implementation... might be possible.

'Without that, the effect would be to radically improve a small though important part of the capital at the expense of worsening traffic congestion in its surrounding area, and that we cannot accept.'

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