Revitalising our town centre – new spaces for blue badge holders
Published on 19th June 2018
The new traffic plan for Cheltenham town centre will begin as a trial in just over a weeks’ time on Thursday 28 June.
The changes are the fourth phase of the Cheltenham Transport Plan, Cheltenham Borough Council’s (CBC) vision for a better town centre which will improve the environment, boost the local economy and improve traffic management.
To ensure that people with disabilities have access close to the shops and services they need, new blue badge spaces have been created in consultation with Cheltenham’s accessibility working group, in Crescent Terrace, Inner Promenade, Grosvenor Place South, Imperial Square (eastern arm) and Clarence Street.
There are now an additional two blue badge bays and a map showing these locations can be found on the council’s website.
Blue badge parking is also available in all Cheltenham Borough Council car parks.
The council runs a Shopmobility scheme where residents and visitors can register and pre-book wheelchairs, motorised scooters or other required equipment. A ‘meet and greet’ service is available by arrangement. Call 01242 255333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and use the service.
Cllr Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, says: “With phase four of our transport scheme about to start, we’re aware that there are some concerns from residents with disabilities about how they will get into the town centre easily.
“We want to reassure people that even more Blue Badge provision is now available across a wider area of the town centre and the new locations can be seen on our map.
“All of our car parks offer disabled spaces and Shopmobility offer an excellent service including their invaluable ‘meet and greet’ scheme.”
Gloucestershire County Council (GCC), as local highway authority, is carrying out the changes to the streets.
For more information about the Cheltenham Transport Plan, including frequently asked questions, visit www.cheltenham.gov.uk/transport-plan.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to share their feedback about the trial 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 Jemima Lawson, Cheltenham Borough Council, 01242 264332, email email@example.com
Media enquiries on the highways works being carried out for the Cheltenham Transport Plan should be made to Gloucestershire County Council, 01452 427550, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cheltenham Transport Plan has been split into phases to limit disruption. Phases one, two and three are now complete and monitoring shows they are working well.
Phase four focuses on changes to movement through the area known locally as ‘Boots Corner’.
During the trial, general traffic will be prohibited from the section of Clarence Street through ‘Boots Corner’, North Street, Clarence Parade and Pittville Street to Imperial Circus. There will be exemptions for buses, taxis, cycles, loading or unloading between 6pm and 10am and some other exempt vehicles such as emergency services.