Cotswold car parks to be improved as part of £1.5million renovation project

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cotswold car parks to be improved as part of £1.5million renovation project Cotswold car parks to be improved as part of £1.5million renovation project

CAR parks throughout Cirencester and the Cotswolds will be transformed as part of a major £1.5million redevelopment project.

Cotswold District Council will spend the money in a bid to improve the quality, access and environment of its car parks.

The first stage of the project, which was to appoint a contractor and come up with a common design, has already been completed.

Cllr Barry Gibbs, cabinet member responsible for parking issues, said: “We have commissioned a consultant to prepare a number of proposals for the upgrade of our car parks, starting with the Forum Car Park.

“We will be looking at all options for alternative methods of payment but, because of different traffic conditions applicable to each individual car park, there may not be a one-size-fits-all solution.”

However, the opposition to CDC’s Tory-led administration has claimed that this overhaul is long overdue.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Lib Dem leader on CDC, said: “Given that CDC made a surplus of £1.5million on parking charges in just the last year alone, it must now deliver better car parks in return.

“For too long, drivers have had to put up with poor surfaces and bad layouts, like the Forum car park where it can be difficult to manoeuvre. It’s certainly time CDC’s administration put something back into the car parks they have made so much cash from.”

One of the alternate payment methods that CDC is thinking about implementing is one that would see motorists pay for their parking on exit.

Speaking about the timescale of the project, Cllr Gibbs said: “We are planning the first of these improvements in the Forum Car Park will be completed before 2015.

“But, bearing in mind that the Forum Car Park land is a protected archaeological site, there have to be site surveys and a number of public consultations before we are ready to go ahead.”

Last month CDC launched a new cashless parking method in all its car parks, allowing motorists to pay for their parking with their mobile phone.

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7:18am Wed 18 Dec 13

Olly Cromwell says...

Frankly I'd rather have lower car parking charges.

Who is this immensely talented 'consultant' who Cllr Bazza Fibbs will be employing to advise him on how to flatten uneven tarmac and paint straight white lines?
Frankly I'd rather have lower car parking charges. Who is this immensely talented 'consultant' who Cllr Bazza Fibbs will be employing to advise him on how to flatten uneven tarmac and paint straight white lines? Olly Cromwell

10:02am Wed 18 Dec 13

Geoff66 says...

Will it make parking in Cirencester more of a pleasure....probably not!
Will it make parking in Cirencester more of a pleasure....probably not! Geoff66

2:42pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Cotswold Lad says...

Given that siting a new bus and coach station at the Forum car park is part of the Town Council's plan to improve the traffic flow in Market Place can we assume that we can avoid the CDC "improving it" only to find the Town Council ripping it up again.
Given that siting a new bus and coach station at the Forum car park is part of the Town Council's plan to improve the traffic flow in Market Place can we assume that we can avoid the CDC "improving it" only to find the Town Council ripping it up again. Cotswold Lad

6:24pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Union Man says...

Crisis at Park Street as Cirencester Liberal Democrats desperately search for something else to complain about.
Crisis at Park Street as Cirencester Liberal Democrats desperately search for something else to complain about. Union Man

11:35am Fri 20 Dec 13

Susie Clark says...

Oh dear, Olly - not much to make political capital on with this story. Headline should perhaps be changed to " Aspiring Lib Dem politician slams money being spent on Cirencester car park. " I'm just surprised that the article doesn't have your photo with that of the Cirencester mayor - that's what usually happens in the W & G.
Happy Christmas !
Oh dear, Olly - not much to make political capital on with this story. Headline should perhaps be changed to " Aspiring Lib Dem politician slams money being spent on Cirencester car park. " I'm just surprised that the article doesn't have your photo with that of the Cirencester mayor - that's what usually happens in the W & G. Happy Christmas ! Susie Clark

8:07pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Olly Cromwell says...

Don't the Council need £1.5 million to buy the THWhite site?

Funny that.
Don't the Council need £1.5 million to buy the THWhite site? Funny that. Olly Cromwell

10:35pm Sat 21 Dec 13

andrew.carpenter says...

There have been improvements to The Forum recently.

I've seen (some) potholes filled, a widening of the driving lanes in the Lewis Lane end (and a corresponding decrease in the number of spaces), and the option to pay by telephone common across all the car parks now.

Improvements could include continuing to improve the tarmac surface by filling more holes and sealing cracks, and moving some of the light posts to the intersections of spaces in order to increase the number of spots available.

Repainting the junction and "No Entry" markings on the South Way exit wouldn't go amiss, either.

Not sure what else could be done to improve a car park?
There have been improvements to The Forum recently. I've seen (some) potholes filled, a widening of the driving lanes in the Lewis Lane end (and a corresponding decrease in the number of spaces), and the option to pay by telephone common across all the car parks now. Improvements could include continuing to improve the tarmac surface by filling more holes and sealing cracks, and moving some of the light posts to the intersections of spaces in order to increase the number of spots available. Repainting the junction and "No Entry" markings on the South Way exit wouldn't go amiss, either. Not sure what else could be done to improve a car park? andrew.carpenter

9:42am Tue 24 Dec 13

ciren001 says...

Perhaps they should consider widening the spaces in anticipation of the arrival of Jasper and Jemima and their well heeled friends with their land Rovers once the aggie accommodation is there?
Perhaps they should consider widening the spaces in anticipation of the arrival of Jasper and Jemima and their well heeled friends with their land Rovers once the aggie accommodation is there? ciren001

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