Creation of a decked parking site in Cirencester reaches critical milestone
Release date: 13 January 2017
Members of Cotswold District Council’s Parking Demand Project Board have agreed unanimously to seek funding from the Cabinet and Council for decked parking at the current location of the Waterloo Car Park in Cirencester.
The Board, which was established to find parking solutions for Cirencester, met on 12 January and agreed that sufficient progress had been made to support a detailed business case and funding request for decked parking at the site.
Commenting on the decision, the Board Chairman Cllr Mark Harris, said:
“We have now reached the point where we can provide an overwhelming case for this proposal, so we believe that the time is right to apply formally for the funding which will enable us to move forward with the procurement stage and also engage the services of an architect.
“This landmark development would signal a significant step forward for Cirencester’s future prosperity, but we are also aware that there are a range of sensitivities that must be addressed. For this reason, we will continue to consult with local stakeholders, and also residents in the vicinity of the site, to achieve the most sympathetic solutions regarding the look, feel and impact of the site.”
The Cabinet Member tasked with oversight of the Board, Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington, added:
“We are pressing to gain the approval of the Council for this project as soon as possible, and I am confident that we can then move as quickly as possible to deliver a new car park which will contribute to meeting present and future demand for parking spaces in the town. We are aware that people want us to get on with this work and I can assure everyone that the Board is fully committed to this aim.”
His views were echoed by Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships, Cllr Chris Hancock, who is responsible for car parking and enforcement across the District:
“I am very pleased that we are now at the ‘light the blue touch paper’ stage of this project. Providing a decked car park at the Waterloo is just one of many options we are exploring to ease demand for parking in the town. These include: developing other car parking sites; establishing park and ride schemes; creating decant arrangements while existing spaces are out of commission during construction work; and encouraging the public to use healthy transport options such as walking and cycling.”
For more information about the Cirencester Parking Demand Project please go to the CDC website.