PUBLIC consultation over proposed pedestrianisation plans for Ventnor has been launched by the town council.

At a stormy meeting of the town council on Monday, attended by many Ventnor business owners protesting the plans, the council agreed to begin the consultation process.

The idea of pedestrianising the main trading area of the High Street and the esplanade was mooted by the town council as part of a regeneration plan for the town.

The idea of going car free was met with strong opposition by business owners who said they fear losing trade if people can not drive into the town or onto the seafront.

Ventnor mayor Jason Mack stressed no decision had been made and this was just the start of a consultation process.

The council agreed to hold a number of meetings for residents and businesses and to produce and deliver information leaflets.

The consultation will take place in April.