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Council plan to save bus station
CITY councillors hope to stop plans to sell Salisbury’s bus station by having it listed as a community asset.
At a meeting on Monday night, members voted in favour of a motion hoping to secure the bus station for the benefit of residents and visitors.
With the Go Ahead group selling the bus station in Endless Street, which is set to close in January, Councillor Matthew Dean said the council could nominate the bus station to Wiltshire Council to be listed as a community value asset.
This would give the city council a six-week consultation period to decide if they want to bid for the site, and then six months to work out the funding if they do decide to acquire it.
Cllr Dean said various alternative transport options have been suggested, such as a bus interchange in Brown Street, some sort of interchange to the north side of the railway station or providing a facility within the Maltings development.
But he added that all of those options are years away or may be impractical, and as a matter of principle the council should oppose the closure until there are working alternatives in place.
He said there are various funding options the council could pursue and they will have to get the support of Wiltshire Council and the bus commissioners for the idea to be successful, “but surely we owe it to ourselves, as representatives of our city, to give it a go”.
Cllr Brian Dalton said the station closure is going to be “a disaster for Salisbury” but Cllr John Walsh said although he admired the idea, he felt it was too late for the city council to do anything as the bus station has already been sold and is due to close in three months’ time.
The committee voted 19 to 2 in favour of the motion, which included setting up an ad hoc working group.
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