Council will fast-track new parking provision in Cirencester
Release date: 23 February 2016
Cotswold District Council has set aside up to £75,000 to fast-track a project which will address concerns about parking provision in Cirencester. This new budget will help ready sites for development by funding a range of work including: marketing and valuation advice; preliminary survey work; archaeological and flood risk advice; and specialist assistance on procurement, legal, and planning matters.
Members of the Council met on 23 February and agreed that, as part of their ongoing commitment to review and improve parking, they will invite the private sector to come forward with innovative schemes to deliver additional spaces for the longer term needs of the town.
Commenting on this announcement, Cllr Nick Parsons, the Deputy Leader of CDC and Cabinet Member for Forward Planning, said:
“Our newly approved Corporate Strategy commits the Council to not only assessing the additional needs for car parking in Cirencester, but also delivering the solutions. We are currently carrying out some feasibility assessments and demand studies to ensure we get the scale and location of any additional parking right - not just for now, but also for the future. We are of course mindful that these areas will have local sensitivities and we will continue to engage with local representatives on these issues. We are also conscious that there will be considerations relating to archaeology and flood risk so we need to ensure that any proposals are appropriate to the locations and will enhance the townscape. This is a key and integral part of our Local Plan.”
Cllr Chris Hancock, the Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, added:
“We are well aware of – and, indeed, share - the public’s frustrations about the lack of parking spaces in Cirencester at peak times. As a result, we have agreed this funding to speed up the delivery of more parking provision.
“The Council has previously approved the sale of the Old Memorial Hospital and car park for redevelopment and will now consider making the Old Station and car park available on the same basis. Potential partners will need to provide a comprehensive scheme that will guarantee the provision of a substantial increase in parking spaces, together with other significant mixed-use opportunities, ensuring that the taxpayer gets the best value from the scheme. Additionally, we will investigate whether the private sector can also deliver more parking spaces on the Waterloo car park site to ensure a long term sustainable parking solution for Cirencester.
“The proposals for the Old Station and Old Memorial Hospital sites will complete the redevelopment of that part of town, alongside the extension to St James Place and the creation of a retirement complex at the old TH White site. Needless to say, we will consult local residents groups and other interested parties on any proposals coming forward and their impact, including the future of the Old Station building.
“We appreciate that the development of these sites is not an overnight solution to current parking pressures, and we are also inviting interest from landowners who could offer sites to be considered for temporary additional parking on the periphery of town.”