SHOPPERS and traders in High Street want their councillors to hold off on closing Hovell Street when they meet tonight.
All those quizzed at the weekend said the councillors should accept a staff recommendation that the proposed closure not go ahead “at this time”.
Kate Thompson, who has lived on the Border for 25 years, was at the Sesame Street beauty salon Blush Me on Saturday morning, getting her nails done.
“It’s ridiculous,” Ms Thompson said of any closure.
“We’ve got enough traffic — what’s going to happen to traffic flow?”
Carly Sharp, who was filing and polishing Ms Thompson’s nails, agreed and wondered how a closure would affect the salon, in a lane between Hovell and High streets.
“It’s a silly idea. I assume it’ll affect business,” Ms Sharp said.
“Hovell Street is the way I come to work every morning.
“Where will people park?”
Across the road on High Street in Twin City Tattoo, tattooist Kiwi Turner was simple in his sentiments.
“Leave it how it is. It doesn’t make sense to change it,” he said.
Hair was flying as Mathew Poppins deftly snipped a boy’s hair in his busy Stanley Street barber.
The Don’t Close Hovell Street Committee member said he was looking forward to a “reasonable decision” tonight for the community.
“I hope they listen to the majority of the ratepayers,” he said.
“We are looking for green space, just not in Hovell Street.”
A few doors up towards the roundabout and standing over a glass display cabinet of cuts of red meat, butcher Jeff Beazley was worried how a closure would affect the shop he had run for 14 years.
“If you change traffic direction people will stay away,” Mr Beazley said.
“We want our customers to keep coming in.”
As well as Hovell Street, recommendations on tonight’s agenda also touch on a shared zone between The Cube and Woodland Grove being created, as well as a Havelock Street upgrade and Elgin Boulevard’s re-alignment.