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CRUK SlideRider 2016

This exciting charity slide event will be open from 11am to 5pm. There are still places left to book in advance by signing up at www.cruk.org/sliderider or you can turn up and pay to slide on the day.

Important Information

  • The atmosphere in the town will be amazing as around 4,000 people come to watch and take part in the slide event. Alongside the CRUK SlideRider event, Bank Holiday Monday will see Children's World open in Lower Castle Park and Colchester Market on the High Street for the first time on a Bank Holiday Monday. As well as these, the Andy Warhol exhibition is open at Firstsite, The Overflow will be performing on the bandstand in Upper Castle Park from 2.30-4.30pm and you can book on the guided walking tour, Camulodunum to Colchester. For full event details visit www.visitcolchester.com
  • North Hill will be closed from 12.01am to 11.59pm on Monday 2 May to all motorised vehicles. The restrictions are in place to allow CRUK to set up, hold and pack down the 250m water slide charity event.
  • Take time to familiarise yourself with the Frequently Asked Questions which contains full details of the traffic changes along with other key information, including the provisions that have been made for access in the event of a 999 emergency.
  • The CRUK team will make every effort to keep noise to a minimum during the set up period (12.01am to 10am). Buses will still serve the town centre all day and will follow a diversion route using Balkerne Hill, Southway and Head St.
  • Why not make a whole day out in Colchester and enjoy some shopping, attractions and fabulous food. Find out more at www.visitcolchester.com

 

Frequently Asked Questions

This information has been prepared for the residents and businesses directly affected by the North Hill road closure on Monday 2 May 2016 for the Cancer Research UK SlideRider fundraising event.

When will the road closure be in force?

North Hill will be completely closed to all motorised vehicles on Monday 2 May 2016 between the hours of 00:01 and 23:59.

Will the road closure affect access to the roads leading off of North HiIl too?

Yes. Access to the following roads from North Hill will not be permissible between the hours of 00:01 and 23:59.

  • Byron's Yard
  • Balkerne Passage
  • Balkerne Close
  • Balkerne Gate
  • High Street

What about Northgate Street?

Access to Northgate Street will be via St Peter's Street, as per the usual Highways signage enforcement.

I live in or need to visit the area around the Mercury Theatre Balkerne Gardens - how will I be able to get to and from these premises on the day?

Church Street will be operating under a 2-way traffic flow system on this day only and will be accessible via Head Street. The road will be managed by the Council's Zones team with Stop/Go boards. Any residents / visitors to the Balkerne Gate area should use this entrance/exit.

How can I drive down the High Street?

Access to the High Street will be via Head Street, as per the usual Highways signage enforcement.

I have a resident's parking permit and normally access my parking space via North Hill. What should I do?

In this instance you should have been contacted by the Council with information regarding alternative parking arrangements. If you have not received a letter, please email louise.denyer@colchester.gov.uk, or call 07908 440653 for further advice if you are unclear about what you need to do.

Abandoned vehicles on North Hill

Any vehicles left on North Hill when the road closure comes into force at 00:01 on Monday 2 May 2016 will be removed by the Council's Abandoned Vehicles team. Further details can be found at http://www.colchester.gov.uk/article/13453/Abandoned-and-nuisance-vehicles

Will I be able to park in the town centre car parks during the day?

Yes. The major car parks will be accessible on the day. Further details of council-run car parks in and around the town centre can be found at www.colchester.gov.uk/parking

I will be getting a bus into town that day. Will I be affected?

All bus stops in the High Street will be operational. Buses that normally use North Hill will be diverted up Balkerne Hill, along Southway and will access the High Street via Head Street. Bus services will run according to their normal Bank holiday schedules on the day. For specific information about your bus route, please consult the relevant bus company's website or printed timetables.

Where will I be able to catch a Taxi from?

Taxis will operate as per normal from all town centre taxi ranks.

What happens if there is a 999 emergency?

In the event of an emergency, the event team will safely evacuate North Hill (if required) in liaison with the relevant emergency services.

If you are a resident or business on North Hill and require the emergency services, dial 999. Please also notify the Council's Zone Manager on (00:01 to 12:00) 07817 179275 or (12:01 to 23:59) 07833 925492.

I am a resident or business on North Hill and am expecting a delivery on Monday 2 May 2016. What should I do?

As North Hill will be closed for 24 hours on Monday 2 May 2016 we would actively encourage you to plan ahead and liaise with your delivery company to arrange an alternative delivery date as they will not be able to access North Hill on 2 May.

What are the timings for the SlideRider event on North Hill?

The Cancer Research UK team will be on site from 00:01 on Monday 2 May 2016 to prepare the area for the event. The event will be open to the public from 11:00 until 17:00. The team will then clear the area and the road will reopen by no later than 23:59.

Will the overnight set up and event be noisy?

The Cancer Research UK team will make every effort to keep noise to a minimum during the set up period (00:01 to 10:00). We are anticipating around 5,000 people will attend the event throughout the day and a tannoy will be used. Noise levels will be monitored throughout the day.

How will I be able to access the event on foot?

Pavements on both sides on North Hill will be open for people to use, as normal, throughout the day in order to access the event and local businesses / premises. Crowd levels will be monitored and a one-way pedestrian system will be put in place if this is required.

I need to access Colchester by car that day. How will this event affect me?

Traffic is likely to move more slowly on the day, especially during the evening peak hours. Please keep in mind the following points if you are travelling into Colchester by vehicle:

  • Allow more time for your journey
  • Consider your approach route to the town centre
  • Exit by vehicle once the closures come into place will be restricted
  • Inform any visitors or deliveries that you may expect on the day
  • Consider alternative travel methods
  • Buses will operate according to the usual Bank Holiday service

I am concerned about increased litter on North Hill. What arrangements have been made?

To ensure a pleasant event for all, extra litter picks will take place throughout the day to keep the area as clean and tidy as possible. Please use the rubbish bins provided to dispose of your litter.

Is there anything else going on in the town on the day?

Yes! Once you have enjoyed SlideRider there are a number of other attractions for you to enjoy.

Children's World in Lower Castle Park features rides and bouncy castles designed with 2 - 10 year olds in mind. For £7 your child gets a wristband, entitling them to an unlimited number of rides. Colchester Market on the High Street will be open for the first time on a Bank Holiday Monday, with stalls specialising in local produce, specialist street food and crafts stalls.

As well as these events, there's the Andy Warhol exhibition on at Firstsite, open 10am - 5pm; The Overflow will be performing on the bandstand in Upper Castle Park from 2.30-4.30pm; and you can book on the guided walking tour, Camulodunum to Colchester.  For full event details visit www.visitcolchester.com