REGARDING the emerging proposals for East Street in Taunton, I am concerned at the apparent intention of the local authorities to exclude buses permanently - despite what is said about encouraging greener forms of transport - while also forcing cyclists to share the street with peak-hour car traffic.

This does not look like good practice, as visits to other towns and cities should confirm.

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Nor will it make East Street or the Parade the more attractive public spaces that Taunton needs, if it is to successfully to face the twin challenges of Covid-19 recovery and internet shopping.

I say this as someone who worked for 35 years as a town and transport planner, and who was also an advisor on transport to the Royal Town Planning Institute.