Why we’ve created this street video
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