Bourton coach park will continue to operate!
Release date: 28 January 2016
Coach parking will continue to be available in Bourton-on-the-Water following a series of discussions between Cotswold District Council, Bourton Parish Council and the owner of the coach park at Station Road.
The owner, Mr John Hackling, had announced that he would not accommodate coaches after 31 January 2016 following complaints by nearby residents about noise and exhaust fumes emitted by stationary coaches. However, following the most recent talks with representatives from both Councils, he has agreed to rescind his closure notice on the basis that Cotswold District Council will take a lease for the site while allowing Mr Hackling to manage the site. This means that the Council will have direct responsibility for complying with environmental regulations, including emissions.
Commenting on the outcome of the discussions, CDC Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, Cllr Chris Hancock, said:
“I am very pleased to report that we have an agreement in principle with Mr Hackling regarding the continuing operation of the coach park. This will allow us time to formalise the arrangement, including planning approval and obtaining the necessary parking order. We will also be erecting a wall to ensure adequate environmental protection to neighbouring properties. We know that the 31 January deadline has been of great concern to many people, including coach operators and local traders, and we trust that we can now put their minds at rest regarding the future of the site. I would like to thank Mr Hackling and the Parish Council for the part they have played in resolving this issue.”
Mr Hackling was also pleased that an agreement had been reached:
“Over the last few weeks we have had some very productive talks with representatives from both Councils, and I believe that the arrangement we have agreed will work well. We are the local experts when it comes to managing the site and we can now continue in the knowledge that CDC will look after lease holder responsibilities. We look forward to welcoming coach parties now and in the future.”
Cllr Bryan Sumner, the Chairman of Bourton Parish Council, added:
“This is a great day for Bourton– and, indeed the whole District! This site is vital to the future prosperity of the village, and many traders would have seen a considerable loss in income if we had not been able to find a way to accommodate coaches. I am very pleased that Hacklings will continue to manage the coach park, and I would like to thank everyone for the patience they have shown during the discussions."