Sarnia councillor wants pedestrian-only street explored

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A Sarnia councillor wants the city to explore converting one of its streets into a pedestrian-only area.

Bill Dennis has drafted a motion for council’s consideration at the regular meeting on October 28.

“I’ve been to a number of places that have these pedestrian malls, or street malls as some may call them, and I’ve posted a lot of those places on my Facebook page and they’ve been very, very well received,” said Dennis. “So, I thought I would put forth a motion for a staff study with some citizen input, the merchants, people affected, of course, to see if they would be interested in something like this.”

Dennis said he thinks it could enhance business activities and promote tourism.

“It’s just something that I think we need to look into. Every area that I’ve been to, they’re thriving areas that bring people together. They include all sorts of outdoor patio cafe’s, some have stand-alone outdoor retail outlets,” he said.

Dennis said a pedestrian-only area could help revitalize Mitton Village or an area of Sarnia’s downtown.