A decision over a shake-up in the way traffic uses Norwich city centre has been put on hold, to the delight of campaigners who had concerns about part of the proposals.

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Council transport bosses have come up with a scheme they say will ease congestion in the centre of Norwich, which includes making Chapel Field North two-way and preventing general traffic from using St Stephens Street and part of Surrey Street.

A decision was due to be made today by members of the Norwich Highways Agency Committee, made up of city and county councillors.

But, after protesters presented a petition signed by 1,501 people and addressed the committee with their concerns, councillors decided to defer a decision.

Campaigners, many of whom live in Chapel Field North and Little Bethel Street, said they felt there had not been proper public consultation, figures used to justify the scheme were inaccurate and alternative plans they had put forward had not been properly considered.

The committee agreed that there should be more talks between officers and the protesters, particularly about the figures the campaigners claimed were wrong and about the alternative plans they put forward.

See tomorrow’s Norwich Evening News and EDP for the full story.

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