PIVOTAL YEAR FOR TRANSPORT
The successful Chamber networking evening at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant on Wednesday 21st January allowed me to speak about some of the positive developments currently taking place in the town.
To recap, the upgrading of High Street pavements is once again underway as is the Brewery Phase II programme and the development of the old Haines & Strange site. Good news, indeed.
Progress continues towards the modernisation of our railway station, currently not fit for purpose, which will provide two-storey car parking, new taxi and cycling hubs and an improved bus interchange. Let us hope Network Rail and First Great Western will now perform and show the way forward.
Recent approval by the Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) for amended Road Traffic Orders covering town centre roads, including Boots Corner have now been ratified by CBC and now await final approval by GCC during February, allowing road changes which have not been seen for over 30 years. Your Chamber has recommended a ‘win-win’ scenario which allows Boots Corner to be revisited should traffic congestion around the town prove unacceptable following a trial 10 month period.
Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC) have now received confirmation that Morrisons are no longer proceeding with North Place so an alternative use is now required. All suggestions (sensible ones!) appreciated and so for starters, how about underground parking, a conference centre and hotel? If you feel this is worth exploring please send a one-liner or comments to Pauline Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Chamber so we may importantly gauge the level of support from the business community.
We now have an unexpected and exciting opportunity which can have a major beneficial impact on the town and should not be missed, so please do respond – thank you.
Chief Executive Officer