Business group launch report opposing car ban

Gazette: Business group launch report opposing car ban Business group launch report opposing car ban

A BUSINESS group is to publish a report opposing plans to partially pedestrianise Colchester high street.

The Essex branch of the Federation for Small Businesses said Colchester Council should either abandon current plans or go the whole hog and ban vehicles altogether.

It has commissioned a £3,000 survey of both traffic and retailers to make its point.

Full report on High Street car ban plans in Tuesday's Gazette.

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4:06pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Boris says...

Too late, the die is cast. What a pity.
Too late, the die is cast. What a pity. Boris

5:14pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Just cannot understand the logic of a partial closure. Who will benefit?

Not pedestrians, it won't be a safe pedestrianised zone!

Not motorists, it will create more chaos on periferal roads!

Not retailers, they will have added costs for timed deliveries before the closure. These cost will have to be passed on with more store closures are likely.

Not the residents of the Dutch Quarter.

Not The disabled motorist.

But of course it's okay for the polluting buses, taxis and motorcyclists so it won't be a closed road anyway.
Just cannot understand the logic of a partial closure. Who will benefit? Not pedestrians, it won't be a safe pedestrianised zone! Not motorists, it will create more chaos on periferal roads! Not retailers, they will have added costs for timed deliveries before the closure. These cost will have to be passed on with more store closures are likely. Not the residents of the Dutch Quarter. Not The disabled motorist. But of course it's okay for the polluting buses, taxis and motorcyclists so it won't be a closed road anyway. Say It As It Is OK?

5:17pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Bert_Stimpson says...

Pedestrianisation - to convert (a street) into an area for the use of pedestrians only, by excluding ALL motor vehicles.

This bonkers plan should never be referred to as 'partial pedestrianisation'. Unless getting run over by a bus, taxi, bike, motorbike or emergency vehicle doesn't count.

How it will encourage 'cafe culture', market stalls and make the High Street a nicer place is beyond me. Although, maybe we can take inspiration from this Thai vegetable market - simply replace the train with a bus, taxi, motorbike, bike or emergency vehicle. Could become a tourist attraction in its own right.

http://www.youtube.c
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Pedestrianisation - to convert (a street) into an area for the use of pedestrians only, by excluding ALL motor vehicles. This bonkers plan should never be referred to as 'partial pedestrianisation'. Unless getting run over by a bus, taxi, bike, motorbike or emergency vehicle doesn't count. How it will encourage 'cafe culture', market stalls and make the High Street a nicer place is beyond me. Although, maybe we can take inspiration from this Thai vegetable market - simply replace the train with a bus, taxi, motorbike, bike or emergency vehicle. Could become a tourist attraction in its own right. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=MENjFkEAj 9g Bert_Stimpson

6:01pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Antony-C says...

simple thing to do is ban all vehicles in high street from 7.am to 8.pm
buses and taxi's in head street. put the market back in the high street where it belongs, the council business rates frozen for 5 years. bring businesses in to the Town to fill the empty shops with big name stores.

blue badge holders to have photo put on the badge and stop them lending it out to there friends. have a proper parking place for blue badge holders of the town.

just look at other Townes and see how they have theirs set up.

then go from there.
simple thing to do is ban all vehicles in high street from 7.am to 8.pm buses and taxi's in head street. put the market back in the high street where it belongs, the council business rates frozen for 5 years. bring businesses in to the Town to fill the empty shops with big name stores. blue badge holders to have photo put on the badge and stop them lending it out to there friends. have a proper parking place for blue badge holders of the town. just look at other Townes and see how they have theirs set up. then go from there. Antony-C

7:10pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Im_Like_HELLO says...

I shall be interested in the Federation's results, do we know how long their survey will take?
I shall be interested in the Federation's results, do we know how long their survey will take? Im_Like_HELLO

11:57am Wed 23 Jan 13

jammin says...

Im_Like_HELLO wrote:
I shall be interested in the Federation's results, do we know how long their survey will take?
@ £3,000.00 not long
[quote][p][bold]Im_Like_HELLO[/bold] wrote: I shall be interested in the Federation's results, do we know how long their survey will take?[/p][/quote]@ £3,000.00 not long jammin

1:39pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Scoot says...

Final The Coffin Nail The In ....Please re-arrange. I have experience of my home town which did just this 30 years ago. Result a ghost town with boarded up shops. People just drive around the ringroad to go to out-of town areas and beyond. If the Council wants to re-ignite the town centre then it needs to take radical approaches. Firstly by looking what areas can be redeveloped and approaching the big name stores to discuss what building they need. The big names will need new developments because a. the older buildings will not offer the space they need and 2/. the older buildings will be too costly to alter to meet all sorts of regulations.
Final The Coffin Nail The In ....Please re-arrange. I have experience of my home town which did just this 30 years ago. Result a ghost town with boarded up shops. People just drive around the ringroad to go to out-of town areas and beyond. If the Council wants to re-ignite the town centre then it needs to take radical approaches. Firstly by looking what areas can be redeveloped and approaching the big name stores to discuss what building they need. The big names will need new developments because a. the older buildings will not offer the space they need and 2/. the older buildings will be too costly to alter to meet all sorts of regulations. Scoot

1:40pm Wed 23 Jan 13

wellnow says...

What answers I wonder would come from members of the council if they read the comments on here.
What answers I wonder would come from members of the council if they read the comments on here. wellnow

8:49pm Wed 23 Jan 13

25414nora says...

Antony-C wrote:
simple thing to do is ban all vehicles in high street from 7.am to 8.pm
buses and taxi's in head street. put the market back in the high street where it belongs, the council business rates frozen for 5 years. bring businesses in to the Town to fill the empty shops with big name stores.

blue badge holders to have photo put on the badge and stop them lending it out to there friends. have a proper parking place for blue badge holders of the town.

just look at other Townes and see how they have theirs set up.

then go from there.
Hi Anthony...For your informatiom:
Disabled badge holders have ALWAYS
had their photo's on the badge, And parking wardens can, and frequently do check for abuse of the benefit.

If this is a measure of your research on this subject..then maybe the rest of your comment has no value..
[quote][p][bold]Antony-C[/bold] wrote: simple thing to do is ban all vehicles in high street from 7.am to 8.pm buses and taxi's in head street. put the market back in the high street where it belongs, the council business rates frozen for 5 years. bring businesses in to the Town to fill the empty shops with big name stores. blue badge holders to have photo put on the badge and stop them lending it out to there friends. have a proper parking place for blue badge holders of the town. just look at other Townes and see how they have theirs set up. then go from there.[/p][/quote]Hi Anthony...For your informatiom: Disabled badge holders have ALWAYS had their photo's on the badge, And parking wardens can, and frequently do check for abuse of the benefit. If this is a measure of your research on this subject..then maybe the rest of your comment has no value.. 25414nora

11:21am Sat 26 Jan 13

saywhatyousee says...

Just put a "Closed until further notice" sign on all approaches to Colchester town centre. Also time for disabled drivers to use the Disabled Discrimination Act and ignore the ban!
Just put a "Closed until further notice" sign on all approaches to Colchester town centre. Also time for disabled drivers to use the Disabled Discrimination Act and ignore the ban! saywhatyousee

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