FAQ published in response to High Street car ban criticisms

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A GUIDE to the High Street car ban has been published following a barrage of complaints - even before the scheme is launched.

The FAQ, published on the Colchester Council wesbite, also revealed the scheme will run for 18 months, six months longer than previously expected.

It was drawn up after council leader, Anne Turrell, received a flurry of responses from residents, traders and other parties with fears about experimental ban.

She has urged people to wait and see how it works in practice before criticising the scheme.

See Monday's Gazette for the full story

 

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11:27am Mon 4 Feb 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

I think it is fair to say the "flurry of responses" is mainly from people who are totally against this crackpot idea. Close the road to all traffic or leave it open to all traffic. What is planned is not pedestrianisation and it won't benefit many people, particularly most of the traders who will have to pay more for timed deliveries and bulky goods will not be able to be collected. A prime reason to just shop out of town.

Don't suppose the extension to an eighteen Month ban has anything to do with ensuring the (so called) trial goes on beyond May 2014 when local elections will be held!

Also interesting to note CBC are promoting the Town Hall as a wedding venue, their website even says there is parking right outside the front of the Town Hall. How will that work? or will CBC give themselves special dispensation?
I think it is fair to say the "flurry of responses" is mainly from people who are totally against this crackpot idea. Close the road to all traffic or leave it open to all traffic. What is planned is not pedestrianisation and it won't benefit many people, particularly most of the traders who will have to pay more for timed deliveries and bulky goods will not be able to be collected. A prime reason to just shop out of town. Don't suppose the extension to an eighteen Month ban has anything to do with ensuring the (so called) trial goes on beyond May 2014 when local elections will be held! Also interesting to note CBC are promoting the Town Hall as a wedding venue, their website even says there is parking right outside the front of the Town Hall. How will that work? or will CBC give themselves special dispensation? Say It As It Is OK?
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12:51pm Mon 4 Feb 13

SilverW53 says...

I have been querying the wedding vehicle access since this was announced. On Friday I was told licensed vehicles have access, but when I pointed out most wedding cars, including the horse and carriage shown on the TH Wedding website, are exempt from being licensed (so are funeral vehicles), they seemed unaware of this, even though they issue the relevant private hire licenses!. They are going to consult Chelmsord CC for a reply to this, so let's hope we get one before the next wedding or the bride has been mis-sold the venue.
I have been querying the wedding vehicle access since this was announced. On Friday I was told licensed vehicles have access, but when I pointed out most wedding cars, including the horse and carriage shown on the TH Wedding website, are exempt from being licensed (so are funeral vehicles), they seemed unaware of this, even though they issue the relevant private hire licenses!. They are going to consult Chelmsord CC for a reply to this, so let's hope we get one before the next wedding or the bride has been mis-sold the venue. SilverW53
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1:38pm Mon 4 Feb 13

jammin says...

How to residents access West Stockwell street, Williams Walk and George street etc?

Anyone know or even considered it?!!
How to residents access West Stockwell street, Williams Walk and George street etc? Anyone know or even considered it?!! jammin
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2:13pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Reginald47 says...

I understand traffic will be allowed to go up West Stockwell Street. As a general point a lot of people want complete pedestrianisation and so do I. But how would that help traders? There would be no deliveries in the High Street at any time. And sorting out the bus routes would be a nightmare.
I understand traffic will be allowed to go up West Stockwell Street. As a general point a lot of people want complete pedestrianisation and so do I. But how would that help traders? There would be no deliveries in the High Street at any time. And sorting out the bus routes would be a nightmare. Reginald47
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4:03pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Bert_Stimpson says...

Read the FAQ. It's funny. Deluded public sector doublespeak at its very best. This bit tickled me:

Q: Will the proposals lead to increased traffic in Brook Street?

A: We are investigating ways to minimise the likely additional traffic in Brook Street. Advanced signing will be installed to discourage unnecessary traffic from using this route.



Q: Will the proposals move additional traffic onto Balkerne Hill, Southway and Cowdray Avenue?

A: The changes proposed will help make it easier for more journeys to and around the town centre to be made by more sustainable travel options including walking, cycling and public transport. This will help reduce any impact of additional traffic on surrounding routes. All the main routes surrounding the town centre have additional capacity but there may be impacts at some junctions and roundabouts.



So, in conclusion...Surroun
ding routes will be clogged. High Street businesses will suffer because of restricted delivery times. There will be no pedestrianisation benefits in the High Street because of the continued presence of buses, taxis, motorbikes, bikes.

CBC - Crackpot Barmy Coucil
Read the FAQ. It's funny. Deluded public sector doublespeak at its very best. This bit tickled me: Q: Will the proposals lead to increased traffic in Brook Street? A: We are investigating ways to minimise the likely additional traffic in Brook Street. Advanced signing will be installed to discourage unnecessary traffic from using this route. [I think that's a yes! Don't worry Brook Street residents. There will be signs to discourage traffic] Q: Will the proposals move additional traffic onto Balkerne Hill, Southway and Cowdray Avenue? A: The changes proposed will help make it easier for more journeys to and around the town centre to be made by more sustainable travel options including walking, cycling and public transport. This will help reduce any impact of additional traffic on surrounding routes. All the main routes surrounding the town centre have additional capacity but there may be impacts at some junctions and roundabouts. [Hmm. Pretty sure that's a yes too once you've waded through the public transport mumbo jumbo] So, in conclusion...Surroun ding routes will be clogged. High Street businesses will suffer because of restricted delivery times. There will be no pedestrianisation benefits in the High Street because of the continued presence of buses, taxis, motorbikes, bikes. CBC - Crackpot Barmy Coucil Bert_Stimpson
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5:17pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Reginald47 says...

As you don't have any constructive comment to make about anything why do you bother?
As you don't have any constructive comment to make about anything why do you bother? Reginald47
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6:00pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Bert_Stimpson says...

Reginald47 wrote:
As you don't have any constructive comment to make about anything why do you bother?
"Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things."

It certainly gets your goat old-timer.

Peace out.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: As you don't have any constructive comment to make about anything why do you bother?[/p][/quote]"Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things." It certainly gets your goat old-timer. Peace out. Bert_Stimpson
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3:25pm Tue 5 Feb 13

jammin says...

Doomed for failure. If the recession doesnt kill Colchester town, this will.
Doomed for failure. If the recession doesnt kill Colchester town, this will. jammin
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11:59pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Reginald47 says...

How do you work that out?
How do you work that out? Reginald47
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