Progress continues on providing more parking in Cirencester
Release date: 12 August 2016
Cotswold District Council has consulted with local stakeholder groups on a first stage parking feasibility report from consultants TEP, identifying the existing car parking sites in Cirencester which would be most suitable for redevelopment as decked car parks.
Consequently, the Council has now instructed the consultants to begin work on a more detailed feasibility study focusing on the Waterloo, Forum, Old Station, and Sheep Street car parks in the town.
As previously announced, three of those car parks – Waterloo, Old Station and Sheep Street – will also form part of a tender which will soon be issued by the Council, inviting external bidders to propose mixed use redevelopment; the primary aim will be to achieve a significant increase in the town’s parking capacity. The Council will provide the first stage feasibility studies undertaken by TEP to all prospective bidders, and it is expected that this should expedite the tendering process. The Forum car park may also be a suitable site for future development and further feasibility studies will provide guidance on matters such as highway access and archaeology.
Work is also progressing on calculating the number of spaces that will be required to meet current and future needs, in line with the planned residential and commercial development set out in the Draft Local Plan. This data will be published on the Council’s website as soon as the calculations are completed.
Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington, the Cabinet Member with oversight of Cirencester parking, is pleased with the progress being made:
“It’s good to see things moving in the right direction, and the steps we are taking now will ensure that we will be well placed to accommodate parking requirements over the next 20 years or so. The TEP first stage feasibility report is very clear and informative and is now available on our website – it is well worth a read.”
Cllr Mark Harris, Chairman of the Cirencester Parking Project, is also optimistic about the future, including more immediate requirements:
“The Council is definitely gaining traction on this important issue, and it is great that we have formed such good links with a range of local interest groups. We are currently in discussion with a number of landowners to deliver some parking provision in the short to medium term. I would like to see 50 – 100 additional spaces provided by next summer and we will be doing all we can to achieve this target.”