The people of Hayes have spoken, and they want to see better shops, less traffic and more parking in their town centre.

There is also strong support for plans to improve Grand Union Canal views from Station Road bridge, a ‘stop and shop’ parking scheme in Crown Close and bus stops in the main high street, a survey has revealed.

The feedback will be used to inform a final design to be presented to TfL, and work could start by the end of the year and be ready after 18 months.

The consultation was carried out by Hillingdon Council between December last year and January this year. The full results will be made public by the authority on Friday, but the Gazette obtained an advance copy.

Only 652 people made their views known, despite 10,000 leaflets distributed, either directly through letterboxes, via on-street surveys or at a public exhibition.

Town centre traders have long called for the opening up of the part-pedestrianised high street to through-traffic, and two thirds of people made this their preference in a 2012 survey.

While the merit of such changes continues to polarise opinion, it looks as though there is enough support for the council to implement them.

Councillor Douglas Mills, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “I would like to thank everyone who gave their views on plans to transform Hayes town centre and it was pleasing to see the number of residents who responded increase by 12 per cent, compared to our last consultation. The comments we have received have helped us to identify local priorities.”

With opinion split on how traffic would best be managed in the congested centre, council officers will now explore the possibility of a hybrid traffic management system, using both traffic lights and signals, at the key junction of Station Road, Botwell Lane, Pump Lane and Coldharbour Lane.

The future of the town’s traditional bandstand, which sits in the centre of the roundabout at the northern end of Station Road, is also uncertain, but more than half the people who responded said they would like to see it replaced with a modern stage.

A majority of people were also in favour of cycle paths.

The changes will be paid for using a £4.5million grant awarded by Transport for London (TfL) in December 2012 for the purpose of regenerating Hayes town centre, in what the council has described as a ‘timely opportunity to reconfigure and overhaul the fabric of the town centre’, with several major developments spurred by the arrival of Crossrail in the pipeline.

Hillingdon Council says it has made Hayes town a priority for future investment.

It is part of a three-year improvement programme aimed at ‘restoring some of the town’s old magic’. It is currently classed as a secondary town centre, with competition from Uxbridge High Street and shopping areas in Ealing and Southall.

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