SALISBURY City Council has voted to support the reintroduction of the People Friendly Streets scheme in 2021, following an extraordinary meeting. 

In a special meeting lasting three and a half hours, councillors voted by 12 votes to 10 to support the reintroduction of the scheme in the new year. 

Wiltshire Council "indefinitely suspended" the scheme at the start of this month, following calls from MP John Glen, Salisbury BID, and the new leaders of the city council.

Councillors Liz Sirman and Simon Jackon, leader and deputy leader respectively, had previously stated they would not continue to support the scheme, a decision which left Wiltshire Council leader Philip Whitehead "very disappointed". 

The motion in full was: "The Salisbury City Council supports the introduction in 2021 of a People Friendly Streets Experimental Traffic Regulation Order, in accordance with phase one of the Central Area Framework report recommendations".

A rejected amendment to the motion included a full consultation before a further vote by the city council. 

The councillors who voted in favour of the motion were: Cllrs C. Corbin, T. Corbin, Mike Osment, Jeremy Nettle, John Walsh, Brian Dalton, John Baber, Derek Brown, Jo Broom, Ian Tomes, Matthew Dean, and Jon Farquhar. 

Those against were: Cllrs Frogg Moody, Stephen Berry, Simon Jackson, Amanda Foster, Liz Sirman, Kevin Daley, Mark McClelland, Sven Hocking, Atiqul Hoque, and John Lindley. 

Click here to view comments made by councillors and members of the public throughout the night. 

More to follow.