More than 1,500 people have signed a petition asking for Hayes High Street to be reopened to through traffic.
The road was closed off and part-pedestrianised in 1992, when the Hayes by-pass opened, to avoid it being used as a cut through. However, many believe this has had a detrimental effect on the High Street, in particular on the retailers who trade there who believe they are missing out on passing trade.
The petition asks for the road to be reopened to through traffic, to allow the town centre to grow trade, and combat crime and anti-social behaviour.
Hayes Town Partnership chairman David Brough told the Uxbridge Gazette: “I welcome this debate. There is no easy fix. Some people like it the way it is now, so we would need a wide-ranging consultation.”