Cotswold District Council begins improvement works in Cirencester's Forum Car Park

Cotswold District Council begins improvement works in Cirencester's Forum Car Park

Cotswold District Council begins improvement works in Cirencester's Forum Car Park

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PROBLEM parking in Cirencester’s Forum Car Park is to become a thing of the past after Cotswold District Council has started work on the necessary refurbishments.

Drivers have often been left frustrated at the small parking bays that can make moving in and out of the car park a difficult task.

There had also been criticism that some of the parking bays were unusable due to street lights being erected within the designated space and that the car park was frequented by potholes.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Lib Dem leader on CDC, welcomed the refurbishments but said that the entire process is “long overdue”.

He said: “Given that the council had a surplus of £1.5 million on parking charges last year, the least it can do is bring its car parks up to scratch.

“For too long the area’s car parks have been used as a cash cow. It is high time the cash was ploughed back into them.”

Last month it was announced that CDC would invest around £1.5 million into renovating the area’s car parks.

Cllr Barry Gibbs, cabinet member responsible for parking issues, confirmed that the council had appointed a consultant to prepare a number of proposals for the upgrade of Cirencester’s car parks.

There was also talk within the council that alternate methods of payment, such as a pay on exit scheme, could be introduced in the future.

Commenting on the work in the Forum Car Park, a spokesman for CDC said: “We have carried out partial re-lining in the Forum Car Park, as the lines were wearing out.

"The remainder of the car park relining will be carried out when the weather permits. Some bays have been changed to make it easier for drivers to manoeuvre in and out of spaces.”

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8:15pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Some new freshly painted white lines won't use up much of that whopping annual profit.

We expected a nice new layer of pot-hole free tarmac too.

You'd also expect the number of disabled parking spaces to comply with new local government recommendations (as this would help keep Cricklade Street clear of blue badge hoggers).

No surprise that Cotswold District Council either don't know about the regulations or have chosen to ignore them in this recent re-design.

Oh dear
Some new freshly painted white lines won't use up much of that whopping annual profit. We expected a nice new layer of pot-hole free tarmac too. You'd also expect the number of disabled parking spaces to comply with new local government recommendations (as this would help keep Cricklade Street clear of blue badge hoggers). No surprise that Cotswold District Council either don't know about the regulations or have chosen to ignore them in this recent re-design. Oh dear Olly Cromwell
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1:50pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Susie Clark says...

Do you think Olly uses the Lord Rennard guide for political candidates and if so, what will happen if the Lib Dems ever make up their minds about him and chuck him out. Are you for or against, Olly ? Silly question – that would demand a decision. Better sort it out soon, though – your party is, as a national newspaper comments this morning, becoming a laughing stock.
But to return to car parks – having read the piece above, if CDC make a surplus in car parks which is then ploughed back into their improvement, doesn't that make economic sense ?
Do you think Olly uses the Lord Rennard guide for political candidates and if so, what will happen if the Lib Dems ever make up their minds about him and chuck him out. Are you for or against, Olly ? Silly question – that would demand a decision. Better sort it out soon, though – your party is, as a national newspaper comments this morning, becoming a laughing stock. But to return to car parks – having read the piece above, if CDC make a surplus in car parks which is then ploughed back into their improvement, doesn't that make economic sense ? Susie Clark
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8:25am Fri 24 Jan 14

Iansky says...

Quote form Cllr Paul Hodgkinson - “Given that the council had a surplus of £1.5 million on parking charges last year, the least it can do is bring its car parks up to scratch".

Does this mean that parking charges will rise even further after the work to keep the council coffers topped up? If so, they may as well scrap the plans for the Market Place as we will have even fewer visitors than we do now.
Quote form Cllr Paul Hodgkinson - “Given that the council had a surplus of £1.5 million on parking charges last year, the least it can do is bring its car parks up to scratch". Does this mean that parking charges will rise even further after the work to keep the council coffers topped up? If so, they may as well scrap the plans for the Market Place as we will have even fewer visitors than we do now. Iansky
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