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Council could have found ways to save bus station
3:48pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Postbag
LEWES, a town of similar size to Salisbury, has successfully averted its bus station being sold off for redevelopment by strong political leadership – with the planning authority placing conditions on the redevelopment of the bus station site whereby any future developer must provide their residents with a like-for-like site.
How sad that our administration seems determined to pay £100,000 of tax payers’ money to park buses on our narrow city streets rather than either negotiate to keep our current bus station or work constructively with a potential developer to pay first for a new transport hub.
DR HELENA MCKEOWN Wiltshire Councillor, St Edmund and Milford Division
THE bus station sell off is nothing short of a scandal.
Until 1939, our buses used to park in New Canal and the Guildhall Square.
Then just in time for the Second World War, the Wilts & Dorset Bus Company built the bus station.
This served to move troops and airmen around the area as well as the civilian population and the influx of war workers.
Now we are to lose this important transport hub and to see our streets used as bus parking lots, care of Wilts & Dorset.
This can only be seen as an unfriendly act and anti- social measure.
I believe that a compulsory purchase order should be obtained and a purpose-built new council bus station and tourist centre put in its place.
COLIN DULLER, Salisbury
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