Council rejects Twitter call for pedestrianisation of Cottis Lane in Epping

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Campaigners say High Street shoppers are put in danger as Cottis Lane is used as a rat-run Campaigners say High Street shoppers are put in danger as Cottis Lane is used as a rat-run

Campaigners' calls for the pedestrianisation of a road to stop it being used as a rat run have been rejected by Epping Forest District Council.

The SHUT COTTIS LANE campaign was launched in March on social networking site Twitter and has 125 followers.

The road is used as a short cut between High Street and St John’s Road, and campaigners say pedestrians are put at risk when they cross the High Street junction.

However, at a meeting of Epping Town Council last night, councillors decided they would not support the move.

Explaining the decision, Cllr Tony Church said: “This is a historic road and I don’t see any reason to close it.

"It is a road and pedestrians do have to be careful on roads. Nobody has ever come to me and complained about the road, not am I aware of any injuries or deaths.”

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10:53am Thu 10 Apr 14

Simon P. Hughes says...

I have been a supporter of pedestrianisation for Cottis Lane for years, and am disappointed that this campaign has been dismissed by the Town Council.

Given the impending Tour de France, I think the Town Council has missed a great opportunity to make life easier for pedestrians using the High Street. C'est la vie!

I have always felt that pedestrianisation would be beneficial to that area of the High Street, and would also make life a lot easier for patrons of the clubs down Cottis Lane, as they wouldn’t have to vie for space with minicabs when leaving in the early hours.

Hopefully, the merits of pedestrianisation will be revisited at a later date.
I have been a supporter of pedestrianisation for Cottis Lane for years, and am disappointed that this campaign has been dismissed by the Town Council. Given the impending Tour de France, I think the Town Council has missed a great opportunity to make life easier for pedestrians using the High Street. C'est la vie! I have always felt that pedestrianisation would be beneficial to that area of the High Street, and would also make life a lot easier for patrons of the clubs down Cottis Lane, as they wouldn’t have to vie for space with minicabs when leaving in the early hours. Hopefully, the merits of pedestrianisation will be revisited at a later date. Simon P. Hughes
  • Score: 1

2:33pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Katie Rolt says...

Have any of the Epping Forest Guardian ever visited Epping?

I only ask as Cottis Lane is used as a short cut between the High Street and Baker's Lane, not the "High Street and St John’s Road", as the reporter claims.
Have any of the Epping Forest Guardian ever visited Epping? I only ask as Cottis Lane is used as a short cut between the High Street and Baker's Lane, not the "High Street and St John’s Road", as the reporter claims. Katie Rolt
  • Score: 3

5:45pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Jackyjackson says...

It may be a old road but we live or supposed to live in the 21century and this day and age of compromise why don't the council listen to residents of Epping and afar, me and my partner sit next to the fountain with a costa at weekends and the increase in traffic of people taking a short cut to the car parks has increase tenfold, one day somebody will be killed by one of the many cars that pull across the pavement at speed .
It may be a old road but we live or supposed to live in the 21century and this day and age of compromise why don't the council listen to residents of Epping and afar, me and my partner sit next to the fountain with a costa at weekends and the increase in traffic of people taking a short cut to the car parks has increase tenfold, one day somebody will be killed by one of the many cars that pull across the pavement at speed . Jackyjackson
  • Score: 1

11:29pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

Simon P. Hughes wrote:
I have been a supporter of pedestrianisation for Cottis Lane for years, and am disappointed that this campaign has been dismissed by the Town Council.

Given the impending Tour de France, I think the Town Council has missed a great opportunity to make life easier for pedestrians using the High Street. C'est la vie!

I have always felt that pedestrianisation would be beneficial to that area of the High Street, and would also make life a lot easier for patrons of the clubs down Cottis Lane, as they wouldn’t have to vie for space with minicabs when leaving in the early hours.

Hopefully, the merits of pedestrianisation will be revisited at a later date.
Yes they could set up a BBQ on the paved area after they emerge from the clubs.
[quote][p][bold]Simon P. Hughes[/bold] wrote: I have been a supporter of pedestrianisation for Cottis Lane for years, and am disappointed that this campaign has been dismissed by the Town Council. Given the impending Tour de France, I think the Town Council has missed a great opportunity to make life easier for pedestrians using the High Street. C'est la vie! I have always felt that pedestrianisation would be beneficial to that area of the High Street, and would also make life a lot easier for patrons of the clubs down Cottis Lane, as they wouldn’t have to vie for space with minicabs when leaving in the early hours. Hopefully, the merits of pedestrianisation will be revisited at a later date.[/p][/quote]Yes they could set up a BBQ on the paved area after they emerge from the clubs. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

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