Ambitious plans for High Street revealed
Fresh look includes trees and a bigger fountain
MAJOR plans to make parts of Cheltenham’s high street including Boots Corner - look more like the outside of John Lewis have been unveiled.
Cheltenham Borough Council has released a 3D animated fly-past of the vision to revamp the town centre from the Strand and Cambray Place right to the Honeybourne Line bridge at the end of the lower High Street.
Among the plans include re-surfacing Cambray Place and potentially replacing the fountain at Boots Corner with a larger one.
And the artificial grass placed around the fountain will be ditched for a large, open public space with trees, water features and seating.
The authority said the animation shows how the area could look if traffic reduction is made permanent once the pilot closure of Boots Corner ends in December 2019.
The plans also include new steps on the Honeybourne Bridge in Lower High Street for pedestrians and cyclists
to access the high street.
The borough council said the designs could change and it is asking formembers of the public to share their views in a consultation which will run until August 9.
Councillor Andrew Mckinlay (LD, Up Hatherley), cabinet member for development and safety, confirmed they want to make the Boots Corner area and Cambray Place and the Strand look more like John Lewis.
The video also shows the pelican crossing on Boots Corner will be kept, and also recently introduced additions to the high street such as pocket parks and the removal of unwanted railings.
The council said the animation for the new look high street shows “ambitious ideas for the future” to add to the £23million John Lewis store and £1million of renovations to the town centre.
Mr Mckinlay said: “The fly-through visually showcases the improvements that have already happened along the high street, as well as our aspiration for other parts of the town centre including Boots Corner.
“It is important to note that we have not worked up full designs for the space as we need to await the outcome of the trial, however the flythrough really helps to envisage how the area could look and how beneficial connectivity is for the high street, by bringing all parts of the town centre together.”
Cheltenham’s high street saw more people roam around the town centre in November and December last year.
Figures released by the borough council show footfall was up by 2 per cent in November and 1.8 per cent in December, while during the same period high streets saw a national drop by 5 per cent in footfall.
The data, from national data analysts Springboard, shows in January 2019 there was a drop of 3 per cent year on year, but February saw a 15 per cent increase. Visit cheltenham.gov.uk/ high-street-vision
Shots from the animation showing how Boots Corner and the High Street could look