Published on 1st December 2015

St George's Square

The Lower High Street Action Group is working with students at the University of Gloucestershire to conduct a Lower High Street parking survey.

Over the last few months, the Lower High Street regeneration project team has held consultation sessions and parking was one of the main areas of concern raised by the local community. The aim of the study is to provide a better understanding and clear picture of the existing situation.

The survey will feed into a report the students will be producing to present their findings and from this the Action Group will be able to look at opportunities to improve the parking arrangements.

This survey is designed to gain the views of users of the Lower High Street - for travel, parking, shopping and other activities. It’s now live and available on the University of Gloucestershire’s website until 9 December for people to complete.

Mat Ayres, landscape architect at Cheltenham Borough Council, said: “Through community consultation for the Lower High Street Regeneration Project parking and loading has been identified as a significant issue.

“In order to get a better understanding of the situation we have been working with third-year Geography students from the University of Gloucestershire to undertake a parking study. The students have been doing regular traffic counts and observing parking patterns, as well as carrying out this online survey. They will collate all the information gathered into a report which we will use to enable us to identify ways to improve the parking situation.”

Kenny Lynch, Reader in Geography at University of Gloucestershire, added: “I am delighted that the University of Gloucestershire students have the opportunity to work with the borough council and the Action Group in this way. This is one of eight projects our Geography students are involved in across the county this autumn. Engagement in community based projects like this is a fantastic opportunity for them to apply their learning in real situations and provide analysis we hope will be useful for the community. It’s a win-win situation.”

The Lower High Street regeneration project is a Cheltenham Development Task Force project in partnership with Cheltenham West End Partnership and Cheltenham Borough Council. If you have comments on this project, or would like to get involved in any way please email the townscape team on: [email protected] or call 01242 264328.


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