Since the 17th March 2013 in Colchester, Essex, cars, vans and lorries have been banned from accessing the High Street every day from 11am - 6pm. The result of this is the removal of access to the 26 Blue Badge Spaces in the High Street that are central, level and close to amenities and services, and are the most widely used in the town.
Furthermore 10 spaces in Head Street have been replaced by a taxi rank.
These central, level and accessible spaces have been replaced with ones on the other side of the town centre, accessed only by steep hill. This is not a pedestrianisation, buses, taxis, motorcycles, bikes, cash carriers and other vehicles are still permitted.
The repercussions of this is that disabled, older and those with mobility issues feel they have been excluded from the town as they find the long distances and hills painful or impossible to use. It's also stopped people being dropped off close to the facilities, and has made accessing services such as banks, post offices, Council Customer Service Centre, churches, schools, GP Surgeries and more very difficult.
Various groups in the town have put a lot of time into putting forward alternative suggestions that meet our needs, but these have been rejected at every turn.
Colchester is a historical town with a lot to be proud of. We should continue to celebrate this by having a welcoming and accessible town for residents and visitors alike.
Fair Access to Colchester
- Essex County Council/Colchester Borough Council
Please hold a genuine consultation with the disabled and older people in the town, and implement measures to allow access to every part of the town centre.
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