Consultants appointed to expedite parking improvements in Cirencester
Release date: 25 May 2016
Cotswold District Council has appointed consultants Carter Jonas to support ongoing efforts to find parking solutions for Cirencester.
Claire Locke, Head of Environmental Services at Cotswold District Council, comments:
“Improving parking provision in Cirencester is a major issue and we know that residents are anxious to know how we are progressing with our plans. That is why we are very pleased to announce that, following a selection procedure, we now have Carter Jonas on board to provide development and planning advice and support for the project. They will help our officers in establishing a temporary relief car park in Cirencester, as well as doing the groundwork necessary to invite private sector bids for the development of the Council-owned car parks at the Waterloo, Old Station and Sheep Street. The Carter Jonas consultants will also prioritise the submission of a planning application to remove the Old Memorial Hospital, enabling the Council to generate a few extra parking spaces in the short term. In the longer term, this will also expedite the development of that site.
“The Council has already appointed The Environment Partnership (TEP) to undertake a review of all car parks in the town, which will consider their suitability for accommodating extra spaces. The TEP consultants will also undertake feasibility studies at suitable sites, considering issues such as possible archaeological constraints, potential flood risk, and highway access. This work will support future planning applications for the development of car parks and also complement the tasks that Carter Jonas will be undertaking.
“A first stage report, providing an overview of all sites, should be ready by mid-June, and we will then consult with stakeholders to chart a way forward. Second stage feasibility work should then be completed in the Autumn when we will again consult on future options.
“I can assure everyone that we are going as fast as we can to bring about the parking improvements that Cirencester needs – we believe that some ‘quick wins’ on the horizon should have a positive effect, but I should stress that the longer term plans will still take some time to reach fruition.
“In the meantime, the Council is developing a bespoke webpage to inform local residents about how the Cirencester parking project is progressing. This will include regular updates, responses to frequently asked questions, informative maps, details of parking offers, useful data to highlight the peaks and troughs in demand for spaces, and an easy means of engaging in a dialogue with the Council. This website will be available shortly and details will be publicised widely as soon as it is up and running.”
DON’T FORGET - Motorists can park for free after 3 pm EVERY day in the Brewery and Forum car parks in Cirencester. Additionally, there are a total of over 200 free parking spaces available ALL DAY on Saturdays and Sundays at the Council’s Trinity Road offices (GL7 1PX) and also at the St James’s Place site (GL7 1FP); both are just a few minutes’ walk away from the centre of town.