- A RECENT HISTORY OF LEATHERHEAD
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1980 SCC pedestrianised the High Street and started its re-routing policies preparatory to the new Swan Centre being built. They closed Bridge Street and North Street.
September 1981 MILITANT TOWN - SHOPKEEPERS UP IN ARMS The traders formed the Leatherhead Action Group to force the Council to rethink its disastrous policies toward the town centre. LAG held a public meeting on Monday 12th October 1981 in the Red Cross Hall near the Station.
1982 The Swan Centre was built
on the very convenient open car park area which was used for the
town and particularly for the High Street.
The car park for the High Street is now the multi-storey car park in the Swan Centre, which is less convenient.
Leatherhead High Street was pedestrianised
Crossroads were closed
Taylors store closed - article from the Leatherhead Advertiser w/e August 13, 1982 Closure of store due to 'one-way'
Continued spirited campaign by the Traders to reverse decisions on closure of crossroads
Bridge Street and North Street were re-opened
7th January 1983 Editorial in Surrey
Advertiser very critical of Surrey County Council (SCC)
THE COUNTY COUNCIL KNOWS BEST
next: the 1990s
last updated 5 May 2004