Improvements to the public space at Boots corner
Published on 15th June 2018
The public space in Cheltenham town centre known locally as ‘Boots Corner’ is to benefit from new street furniture to help improve the area for residents and visitors.
This work forms part of phase four of the Cheltenham Transport Plan (CTP), Cheltenham Borough Council’s (CBC) vision for a better town centre which will improve the environment, boost the local economy and improve traffic management.
The railings at Boots Corner will be removed next week to make space for new timber seating, timber planters and cycle stands, which will be installed in mid-July after the trial closure has begun.
The new cycle stands will offer better parking for bikes right at the heart of the town centre.
Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety at Cheltenham Borough Council, says: "Whilst temporary and relatively minor, these improvements will help to create a better place for our residents and visitors to use and enjoy - and allow them to see how the space could be used in the future should the trial scheme go ahead.
“The trial closure of Boots Corner is a really important step forward for the transport plan. Whilst we appreciate there will be an initial disruption as people adapt to the changes and develop new routines, the bigger picture is the benefit to the town centre environment, with an improvement in air quality, better traffic management, and in turn a boost to the local economy.
“The new street furniture has been carefully chosen so that it can be moved to other locations around Cheltenham and re-used should the trial not be a success.”
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “This is an ambitious scheme to help improve Cheltenham town centre. The county council is temporarily removing the railings as part of phase four of the borough council’s transport plan. By provisionally taking these out, we’re supporting the district council’s vision for the trial closure of Boots Corner.”
To ensure that safety is not compromised by the trial Gloucestershire County Council will carry out a road safety audit of the area.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to share their feedback about the trial scheme formally at gloucestershire.gov.uk/ctp when it goes live on 28 June 2018.
Media enquiries on the development and aims of the Cheltenham Transport Plan should be made to Laura Carter, Cheltenham Borough Council, 01242 264154, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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The CTP has been split into phases to limit disruption. Phases one, two and three are now complete and monitoring shows they are working well.
This phase, phase four, focuses on changes to the road layout around the area known locally as ‘Boots Corner’.
The new traffic layout for Cheltenham town centre will begin, as a trial, on 28 June.
The trial closure of Boots Corner will be carried out under an experimental traffic regulation order (TRO) from 28 June. The closure will affect the section of Clarence Street through ‘Boots Corner’, North Street, Clarence Parade and Pittville Street to Imperial Circus. These streets will be covered with exemptions for buses, taxis, cycles, loading or unloading between 6pm and 10am and some other exempt vehicles. Traffic signs advising of the changes will be put in place at key points in Cheltenham from 4 June.
New blue badge spaces have been created in Crescent Terrace; Inner Promenade; Grosvenor Place South; Imperial Square (Eastern arm); and Clarence Street. Blue badge parking is also available in Cheltenham Borough Council car parks. The council also runs a Shopmobility scheme where residents and visitors can register and pre-book wheelchairs, motorised scooter or other required equipment. Call 01242 255333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and use the service.