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Colchester High Street car ban launch branded chaotic
12:38pm Monday 18th March 2013 in News
AN 18-month trial of Colchester's High Street car ban has been branded "chaotic".
From 11am this morning, all vehicles bar buses, bikes, motorbikes and taxis were banned from turning right from Head Street onto High Street.
But 30 seconds after the clock struck 11, five cars and a van had already ignored the restrictions.
By 11.45am, at least nine motorists who had parked in what were previously disabled bays had been given tickets by traffic wardens.
A few minutes later, senior Colchester Council officers tore off the tickets from the windscreens, saying enforcement would not start until later this week.
County Hall workers started painting lines and restrictions on Middleborough and North Hill at around 10am this morning, before moving onto Head Street.
Michelle Reynolds, chairman of Colchester Retail/Business Association, said: "This is just chaotic."
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