I share the concerns of many regarding the proposals to change Crouch Street (Gazette, May 2 “‘I fear for the future of this precious area’”).

It is ironic that our votes in the local elections count for nothing in this regard.

What is eminently a local matter is governed by the distant and remote county council, who are determined on their policy of greening our transport system and overriding the convenience and preferences of the community.

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There is too the well-being and prosperity of local traders, most of whom have been there for years, paid their rates and contributed to the attractiveness of Colchester.

They are bound to be impacted by the new parking arrangements.

All this while other roads in the town are reminiscent of a third world country and could be improved for less than the £7million allocated to their messianic policy.

John Whittaker

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