Why we’ve cre­ated this street video

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTERS & OPINION - Coun­cil­lor Steve Jor­dan Leader, Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil

WHY has the coun­cil just launched a new fly-though video of how Chel­tenham High Street could look?

While high streets gen­er­ally may be strug­gling, there are a lot of ex­cit­ing things hap­pen­ing in Chel­tenham High Street with more in the pipe­line.

Joint fund­ing from Chel­tenham and Glouces­ter­shire Coun­cils is in place for the next phase of the paving up­grade for the Strand and Cam­bray Place and plans are pro­gress­ing for that work to start in the com­ing months.

Fol­low­ing the re­cent in­stal­la­tion of new steps up to the Honey­bourne Line path from the High Street there are also plans to cre­ate a new mini park here.

Clearly what we do doesn’t hap­pen in iso­la­tion. The re­tail sec­tor is chang­ing rapidly.

While we can’t change that, we need to counter the im­pact by con­tin­u­ing to work and in­vest to en­sure Chel­tenham is a place peo­ple want to live, work and visit.

All this comes when the Boots Cor­ner is con­tin­u­ing with the County Coun­cil due to take the fi­nal de­ci­sion by the end of this year. Tak­ing out the traf­fic, gives an op­por­tu­nity and we are work­ing up plans for what hap­pens next.

Also in the last week, we have con­firmed as a cab­i­net the re­quest that Chel­tenham de­clares a ‘cli­mate emer­gency.’ It is clear that cli­mate change is still ac­cel­er­at­ing

It is vi­tal we play our part. This is where the changes at Boots Cor­ner are also key as part of wider plans to en­cour­age less car driv­ing and more use of sus­tain­able trans­port. The in­creases we have al­ready seen in cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans in the area along with 5,000 more bus jour­neys per week show this is work­ing.

So to an­swer the orig­i­nal ques­tion, we thought it was a good time to pro­duce the video so ev­ery­one can see at a glance what’s hap­pen­ing or planned in the High Street but also to en­cour­age ideas. Visit chel­tenham.gov.uk/high­street-vi­sion to see the video

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