Essex

Colchester high street traffic ban promotion costs revealed

  • 13 May 2013
  • From the section Essex
Colchester High Street
The ban on delivery vans and cars between 11:00 and 18:00 was experimental

More than £11,000 was spent promoting an ill-fated traffic ban that was scrapped within a month.

Under the regulations, cars and delivery vehicles were to be barred from Colchester High Street between 11:00 and 18:00 each day.

But last month Essex County Council cancelled the order amid claims it was harming town centre trade.

One of the groups opposed to the ban said the £11,500 spent on publicity and signage was a waste of money.

'Lot of money'

The costs, revealed in response to a Freedom of Information request, included a letter drop in the area, publishing notices of the traffic order and signs put up before the order came into effect to warn residents and drivers.

The county council announced on 11 April it was ending the town centre changes, which were brought in on 17 March.

The authority said it ended the traffic ban because of "concerns" about its impact on the town centre.

Jade Hamnett, of the Fair Access to Colchester group, claimed the £11,500 figure did not include the legal and staff costs of the ban.

She said: "It was a lot of money and they should have taken on board our feedback before they went ahead with it."

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