Banning cars from Colchester High Street would make the town centre “incredibly inaccessible” for disabled shoppers, campaigners have warned.Good grief, are they determined to drive away every last customer?
The group, Fair Access to Colchester, says it will oppose Colchester Council’s plans to ban cars from the High Street during the day.
As part of the scheme, the council would remove all 28 disabled parking bays from the High Street and a further ten from Head Street.Yup, put the bays for people with mobility issues further away.
In their place, it would add ten disabled spaces in Vineyard Street car park, four under Culver Square Shopping Centre, five in Priory Street and eight in St Mary’s car park.
Fair Access to Colchester says the new locations are unworkable and would mean longer, often uphill journeys for people with disabilities to reach the town centre from their cars.
That’s some genius town-planning, there…
Lyn Barton, Colchester councillor responsible for the town centre transformation project, said: “We have listened, responded and come up with other options for blue badge holders, which are still being explored.You discovered them? Were they hiding?
“They are an improvement to what we had on the table originally. We are particularly pleased we have discovered extra places under Culver Square.”