Cheltenham Boots' corner plans for shared space divide traders
TRADERS are divided over plans to prevent cars from accessing Boots' corner.
Under proposals for the central Cheltenham site, a 1,000sqm shared space would be created for pedestrians and buses only.
Motorists would be directed to different routes to avoid the area.
The Cheltenham Development Task Force is behind the scheme, which would also involve changing the one-way system.
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Officials hope it would help reduce pollution and the amount of traffic using the town centre by encouraging more people to walk, cycle or use public transport.
Jeremy Harridge owns jeweller's shop Hooper Bolton in The Promenade, just a few yards from Boots' corner.
He said: "It's a good idea. Promenade refers to a walk so this scheme harks back to how the area was originally conceived.
"Cheltenham is a very family-oriented town and it would be nice if it was a safer shopping environment for families."
The task force's vision also received the support of Mike Baxter, manager of the London Camera Exchange, which is close to Boots' corner.
He said: "It would help us no end. We've been here since 1970 when you could drive down the Prom. It was a major shopping area. Since then, part of it has been pedestrianised but our bit hasn't. We feel we get missed out a bit."
But Carron Mann, of Promenade Antiques, was against the scheme.
He said: "It's ludicrous. Buses and people don't go well together, do they? I can't see how it will increase trade for us. I think they should bring back the old bus station at Royal Well."
He said pedestrianising the area would be fine as long as buses were not there.
Currently motorists approaching the centre along the Promenade have to drive 1,999metres and pass through 13 sets of traffic lights in a loop around the town to get to the Regent Arcade car park.
However, under the new plans drivers will be able to turn right at the Promenade/Imperial Square junction to access the car park – a distance of just 173metres.
Traffic in and around Cheltenham is projected to increase by between 34 per cent and 55 per cent by 2035.