Council 'determined to get it right' on coach parking

WILTSHIRE Council says it is determined to “get it right” when it comes to finding a site for a new coach park in Salisbury.

A consultation is under way to help decide if Brown Street car park should be turned into a short stay coach park for tourist buses once the existing facilities at Millstream are lost as part of the Maltings and Central car park redevelopment.

But disabled user groups, tour guides, shoppers and motorcyclists have already raised concerns about the idea.

They are worried about more coaches travelling through the city centre, insufficient facilities at Brown Street and the loss of a level car park within easy reach of the shops as well as what will happen to proposed extra motorcycle parking.

Wiltshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for economic development, Fleur de Rhe-Philipe says they will “talk to and listen to local people throughout the entire process” and stressed that no final decision has been taken and toilet facilities will be provided close to any coach stop off point.

“We know how important coach travel is to the tourism of Salisbury and we are determined to get it right,” she added.

“Through our consultation on the Central Car Park and Maltings development the need for a bus and coach interchange was identified and we believe this is vital.

"As a result, Stanhope, the developer, made a commitment at a recent Salisbury Area Board to include a bus and coach drop-off and pick-up point as part of this new scheme.

"However, short stay coach parking will be needed elsewhere in the city for coach drivers to park up while visitors are enjoying everything the city of Salisbury has to offer.”

Last year representatives of tourism organisation VisitWiltshire met John Burch, regional director of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, who recommended having a main, significantly improved, coach facility at the Britford Park & Ride site, central drop-off points and some short-stay coach parking in Brown Street.

VisitWiltshire chief executive David Andrews said: “With the impetus for change brought about by the Maltings redevelopment, Salisbury has a great opportunity to improve the coach welcome we give visitors, which will help us continue to grow Salisbury’s visitor economy.

“We’re working with the BID, Salisbury City Council, Wiltshire Council and others to achieve this.”

Business leaders, motorists and other groups will be invited to have their say as the Salisbury Vision’s task group on car and coach parking investigates the proposal.

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3:40pm Tue 20 May 14

karlmarx says...

"Business leaders, motorists and other groups will be invited to have their say as the Salisbury Vision’s task group on car and coach parking investigates the proposal."

Wouldn't it be wise to ask the coach drivers? After all, they are the ones who know what they and their vehicles are capable of. By all means ask everyone else but, if the outcome is not feasible for the coaches and their drivers...?
"Business leaders, motorists and other groups will be invited to have their say as the Salisbury Vision’s task group on car and coach parking investigates the proposal." Wouldn't it be wise to ask the coach drivers? After all, they are the ones who know what they and their vehicles are capable of. By all means ask everyone else but, if the outcome is not feasible for the coaches and their drivers...? karlmarx
  • Score: 11

5:58pm Tue 20 May 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

Really difficult to believe that the City's most air polluted street (from the councils own figures!) could even be considered to park the most polluting vehicles!
Really difficult to believe that the City's most air polluted street (from the councils own figures!) could even be considered to park the most polluting vehicles! Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 7

9:50pm Tue 20 May 14

karlmarx says...

Of course one of the proposed sites for the coach lay-over has now been handed over to nine jobs ongoing fiasco.

plan
plan/
noun
1.
a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something.
2.
an intention or decision about what one is going to do.

verb
1.
decide on and make arrangements for in advance.


It appears that those who do the planning have forgotten the meaning of the word plan.
Of course one of the proposed sites for the coach lay-over has now been handed over to nine jobs ongoing fiasco. plan plan/ noun 1. a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something. 2. an intention or decision about what one is going to do. verb 1. decide on and make arrangements for in advance. It appears that those who do the planning have forgotten the meaning of the word plan. karlmarx
  • Score: 5

9:49am Wed 21 May 14

the optimist says...

It appears councillors are talking with forked tongues?

They want to reduce coach journeys across the city centre then put a short term facility in a side street?
Surely this means more coach journeys not less with vehicles going round and round looking for long term parking?

They will talk and listen to local people? Sorry but local people do not arrive on coaches? Only visitors and tourists whose needs are different to those of local people?

Where are the coaches that bring tourists to stay in the town going to park. Its a heck of a long walk from a Park and Ride site or the out of town market?

It seems that Salisbury prefers people to arrive by car? No doubt to increase the coffers of WC parking metres. First the bus station, now the coach park? What next? The rail station?

I have only bumped into about two people in WC that knows about the needs of buses and coaches and Fleur de Rhe-Phillipe is definitely not one of them?
It appears councillors are talking with forked tongues? They want to reduce coach journeys across the city centre then put a short term facility in a side street? Surely this means more coach journeys not less with vehicles going round and round looking for long term parking? They will talk and listen to local people? Sorry but local people do not arrive on coaches? Only visitors and tourists whose needs are different to those of local people? Where are the coaches that bring tourists to stay in the town going to park. Its a heck of a long walk from a Park and Ride site or the out of town market? It seems that Salisbury prefers people to arrive by car? No doubt to increase the coffers of WC parking metres. First the bus station, now the coach park? What next? The rail station? I have only bumped into about two people in WC that knows about the needs of buses and coaches and Fleur de Rhe-Phillipe is definitely not one of them? the optimist
  • Score: 8

9:07am Sun 25 May 14

gingin says...

If residents are saying no to siting a coach park on Brown Street car park then they should be listened to. That's the whole point of a consultation!!

The coach drivers should also be asked about the route in and out of the proposed park.

The present coach park has suited for years and although the toilets are old at least there are some.

Salisbury does need to modernise but it has to be improved with better facilities not made worse by a knee jerk reaction because time is running out as the Maltings redevelopment gets ever closer.
If residents are saying no to siting a coach park on Brown Street car park then they should be listened to. That's the whole point of a consultation!! The coach drivers should also be asked about the route in and out of the proposed park. The present coach park has suited for years and although the toilets are old at least there are some. Salisbury does need to modernise but it has to be improved with better facilities not made worse by a knee jerk reaction because time is running out as the Maltings redevelopment gets ever closer. gingin
  • Score: 5

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