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LIVE: Boots Corner protest - Demonstrators demand council scraps closure now

More than 100 demonstrators gathered in Cheltenham this lunchtime and demanded that the council ends the traffic ban at Boots Corner.

In a good natured but determined mood the placard - waving protestors told the borough council : Enough is enough, this scheme simply is not working.

The borough council has infuriated many business people with the trial closure of Boots Corner to general traffic. Small businesses, especially restaurant owners, say the ban is discouraging people from visiting the town and harming trade.

There is also major concern that traffic is being diverted into residential areas instead.

Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk told today's protest on Cheltenham Promenade: "A lot of us were saying in advance, look, look why do you want to do this?

"All the justifications that came forward crumbled under the slightest bit of cross examination. It is the solution to a problem that does not exist. There is no need for it.

"We want to encourage people to come into Cheltenham. If Cheltenham is going to live we need to make sure it is easy to get around. It is a bad idea and together we will make sanity prevail."

This afternoon the chanting demonstrators marched on Boots Corner.

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