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Town Hall protesters urge councils to scrap High Street car ban
10:57am Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
CAMPAIGNERS have urged council bosses to scrap Colchester’s High Street car ban almost as soon as it begins.
Nearly 50 traders, residents, disabled campaigners, restaurateurs, publicans and even primary school pupils gathered at Colchester Town Hall to register their opposition to the 18-month trial, which launches on Sunday.
They say the restrictions, which will see only buses, taxis, bikes and motorbikes allowed down the High Street from 11am to 6pm, will damage trade, stop disabled people reaching the town centre and cause traffic chaos on surrounding roads.
The protesters highlighted the restrictions by bringing a sofa, a beer barrel and delivery equipment to the steps of the Town Hall, while two volunteered to wear wedding dresses.
Passing taxi drivers also honked their support during the 30 minute stunt.
They were carrying around 50 balloons with “No” written on and one with “Yes” on it - a reference to a consultation last year which saw 178 people oppose the changes and only two support them.