Boots Corner – more than 58,000 fines handed out
NEARLY 59,000 fines have been handed to drivers ignoring the traffic ban on Cheltenham’s Boots Corner in its first year, new data has revealed.
The figures show how many drivers have been penalised during the first 12-month period that Gloucestershire County Council turned the cameras on at a section of Clarence Street, known locally has Boots Corner.
From August 14, 2018, to August 14 2019, 58,965 fines have been issued to motorists driving through the closed town centre through route.
The pilot closure began on June 28, 2018, as part of a Cheltenham Borough Council-led scheme to improve the town centre and only exempt vehicles, such as buses and taxis, can pass through.
The data also showed that the county council has earned £1.69million from the fines.
The cost of the Cheltenham Transport Plan, which includes the pilot closure of Boots Corner, so far is £1.45million, the county council said.
The county council has previously committed to using any surplus money
from the bus lane in Clarence Street to improve Cheltenham’s roads and pavements for pedestrians and cyclists.
The borough council temporarily closed Boots Corner to improve air quality, create a new public space and to reconnect the high street.
Of the 58,965 fines, 6,800 of them were sent out for repeat offenders. However the county council said the majority of them were cancelled because they were accidentallyissued to exempt vehicles.
There have been 1,350 formal representations which have resulted in a fine being cancelled by the county council, the data found. And there have been 86 fines overturned by the Traffic Penalties Tribunal, where the person fined does not have to pay.
Gloucestershire County Council, which is responsible for highways, will make the final call on whether the trial should be set in stone.
A date of December 2, 2019, has been set for county councillors on the authority’s traffic regulation committee to determine the outcome.
A petition which called for Boots Corner to be re-opened was signed by nearly 6,000 people, and it was presented to Cheltenham Borough Council’s full council earlier this year.
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