Cheltenham Borough Council, through the Cheltenham Development Task Force, has been developing a framework for the regeneration of Cheltenham town centre over a number of years.
In three major public consultations between 2006 and 2008, about two-thirds of respondents supported the idea of a series of improvements to public space in the town centre and the traffic changes needed to deliver them – including works to remove through traffic from the heart of the retail area, with only buses and service vehicles being allowed access. Since then both Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council have been working towards putting these ideas into action:
- 2008 and 2010 Planning documents were agreed
- 2010 Cheltenham Development Task Force was set up
- 2012 Gloucestershire County Council won government money for changes to the road network and measures to improve green transport initiatives
- 2012 Cheltenham Borough Council agrees sale of land, providing funds for the public space improvements
…and throughout this period, work on how the improvements can be delivered has continued.
Everything is now in place to start delivery of the first part of the project – Cheltenham’s Transport Plan
Boots Corner, now and then
Changing traffic arrangement will provide an opportunity to re-establish the sense of place and celebration of civic pride formerly seen at Boots Corner, but with much reduced traffic movements the new civic space can create a new focus for the town, a meeting point for pedestrians and a pleasant place to rest and enjoy the bustle of activity along the High Street and Promenade.