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Cheltenham MP 'hugely disappointed' by Boots Corner decision

Photo: Alex Chalk MP

The MP for Cheltenham has told The Breeze he's 'hugely disappointed' at the Council's decision to not reopen Boots Corner to traffic.

At a meeting earlier this week, the authority ruled that the scheme would be extended until the end of this year - in a bid to cut air pollution. 

A petition of almost 6,000 signatures was handed in, calling for it to be reopened, but councillors voted that down. 

Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety said: "The council meeting offered councillors and the public an opportunity to review feedback and data gathered to date."

‘’The data presented by the county has enabled us to see the positive impacts of the trial closure on the surrounding network."

"Whilst we recognise that there has been an increase in traffic in some areas, this was expected and the agreed extension to the trial means that we can now make targeted adjustments to help improve traffic flow where there have been some pressure points, and this would be supported with further monitoring.’’

Alex Chalk said " I’m hugely disappointed by the decision to continue with the trial."

"I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this controversy."

"The Regent Arcade representative indicated that his business is suffering as a result of this scheme, as are others."

"I doubt they’re going to just roll over, nor should they."

"I’m backing them, as well as over 5,000 local people who signed my petition and whose daily lives have been negatively impacted by the closure."

Across the 27 sites that have been monitored the vast majority have had traffic flows that are broadly in line with what the transport modelling work predicted.  

There are 7 sites where traffic growth has been higher than expected and these are:

·         Clarence Square

·         All Saint’s Road

·         St. George’s Street

·         St. James’ Square

·         Montpellier Spa Road

·         Rodney Road

·         Winchcombe Street South.

Councillor McKinlay continued: ‘’The data shows there has been some increases in traffic as expected, however this is from a relatively small baseline. Revisions to the trial, reflecting feedback, will come into effect in the spring."

"Clarence Parade/Clarence Street will be removed from the restrictions and additional blue badge bay locations have been identified in Winchcombe Street."

"Options for traffic calming on Rodney Road and wider directional signage will also be introduced.’’

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