Councillors and traders at Helmsley are worried that its historic Market Place could become a pedestrianised zone under a planned new traffic strategy.

Residents are now being urged to voice their views on the potentially controversial new traffic scheme. Details of the traffic management strategy drawn up by North Yorkshire County Council is due to be revealed at a public exhibition starting on July 12 for nearly two weeks.

But councillors warned that switching the Market Place from the car to the pedestrian would be bad news for the traders in the area.

The chairman, Lord Feversham said that it was vital that local people turned out to make their opinions known at the exhibition.

"There are a whole range of issues" he added. "It is important for Helmsley that as many people as possible go to see the exhibition. People who have views should make them known".