A CUT-through road in the centre of Wokingham could remain permanently closed if proposals put forward by the council are approved.

Luckley Path, a one-way road which connects Sturges Road with Peach Street, has been closed for several months while work is carried out on the town centre regeneration.

But Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) has proposed permanently closing the road to improve pedestrian safety and the appearance of the town centre.

The council argues that the temporary closure of Luckley Path has not negatively impacted businesses, and has made the area more accessible for pedestrians.

Josie Wragg, interim director of localities and customer services, said: “The safety of our residents is of paramount importance. Due to the narrowness of the road and building alignments alongside it, it makes it difficult for pedestrians to see oncoming vehicles. It is also a challenge for those with disabilities and people with pushchairs/prams.

“Vehicles waiting to leave Luckley Path to join the traffic on Peach Street block all users trying to cross, creating a significant safety issue. Also vehicles merging with traffic on Peach Street cause congestion at busy times, particularly when trying to cross the traffic past Market Place to proceed along Board Street.”

The proposal documents can be viewed at the council offices in Shute End between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, and online at www.wokingham.gov.uk by searching for TRO. Any objections to the proposals must be received no later than April 19, and should be made in writing to the Traffic Management Team at TM.consultations@wokingham.gov.uk.