Coach park plan moves forward

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PLANS to convert part of Brown Street Car Park into a new short stay coach park are moving forward.

On Thursday tourism bosses met with Wiltshire and city councillors to outline plans for coach parking provision once Millstream Coach Park closes as part of the Maltings redevelopment.

Under the proposals part of Brown Street Car Park will be turned into a short stay coach park with room for eight to 12 coaches.

The car park will be redesigned, a toilet block will be constructed and the rest of the space would be retained for cars, motorcycles and disabled parking.

Coaches for day trippers and tourists spending longer in the city will go to Britford park and ride, after they have dropped off their passengers, where there will be facilities for drivers.

The current coach drop off point on St John’s Street will be retained for people who are visiting Salisbury Cathedral, and Stanhope – the developer behind the Maltings scheme – has pledged to provide another drop off point for people visiting the other side of the city.

John Burch from the Confederation of Passenger Transport which has awarded Salisbury Coach Friendly Status said he felt the proposals would help the city to retain the important accolade.

“Coach travel is vital for the economy of any tourist destination and brings in visitors of all ages,” he said.

“There are lots of criteria we look for when awarding – and seeing if a destination is able to retain – Coach Friendly Status and what is happening in Salisbury is very promising.”

Although the closure of Millstream Coach Park could still be years away as the Maltings re-development moves through the planning process, chief executive of VisitWiltshire David Andrews said it was important to have a plan for the future in place.

“Coach operators book years in advance and are aware of what is happening at Millstream,” he said. “We need to assure them that a properly tested and worked out plan is already in place rather than having to rush something through.

“With other destinations looking to attract more coaches, we have to up our game here in Salisbury.”

Last year 6000 coaches used Millstream Coach Park.

Critics of the new plan are worried more coaches will be travelling through the narrow city streets, increasing traffic congestion.

Ian Newman from Salisbury City Centre Management said: “There will be consultation every step of the way and any scheme would be fully piloted first.

“There will be set routes for coaches to reach Brown Street, for example they won’t use Ivy Street which is a bit narrow.

“We were always going to be looking at coach parking again in Salisbury, it is essential for our economy. “We have had a very positive meeting outlining these proposals which are still at an early stage.”

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8:33pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

No no no, just so wrong for the medieval city centre.
No no no, just so wrong for the medieval city centre. Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 25

9:01pm Sat 26 Jul 14

HappyChappie15 says...

Just cannot believe the reasoning behind this. Brown Street is a shoppers car park and particularly for elderly people. If up to twelve coaches are to be parked there together with a toilet block (!) how many spaces will there be for motorists? Why cannot ALL coaches be directed to the Park and Ride sites?
Apparently there is no need to close the current coach park in the foreseeable future anyway? Prevent local people who are paying taxes from parking conveniently in the city centre and the consequences for businesses will likely be dire. Coach travellers are not the ones to be given priority and neither are they the ones who keep local businesses running!
Charity shops in particular rely on local donations, they don't arrive by coach!
Just cannot believe the reasoning behind this. Brown Street is a shoppers car park and particularly for elderly people. If up to twelve coaches are to be parked there together with a toilet block (!) how many spaces will there be for motorists? Why cannot ALL coaches be directed to the Park and Ride sites? Apparently there is no need to close the current coach park in the foreseeable future anyway? Prevent local people who are paying taxes from parking conveniently in the city centre and the consequences for businesses will likely be dire. Coach travellers are not the ones to be given priority and neither are they the ones who keep local businesses running! Charity shops in particular rely on local donations, they don't arrive by coach! HappyChappie15
  • Score: 34

9:55pm Sat 26 Jul 14

mazclarke says...

Just proves that they are out to kill people visiting Salisbury, soon to be a ghost town
Just proves that they are out to kill people visiting Salisbury, soon to be a ghost town mazclarke
  • Score: 30

7:24am Sun 27 Jul 14

hillyanne says...

In a word:-"balmy."!
In a word:-"balmy."! hillyanne
  • Score: 14

7:25am Sun 27 Jul 14

hillyanne says...

Sorry."Barmy."!
Sorry."Barmy."! hillyanne
  • Score: 19

12:36pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Sustainer says...

How odd that the comments above are all from people who chose not to attend the well publicised meeting on Monday evening and would rather criticise other members of the public who did attend and added their reasoned comments.
Try doing something for your community rather than just whine and ridicule.
How odd that the comments above are all from people who chose not to attend the well publicised meeting on Monday evening and would rather criticise other members of the public who did attend and added their reasoned comments. Try doing something for your community rather than just whine and ridicule. Sustainer
  • Score: -34

5:48am Mon 28 Jul 14

karlmarx says...

Sustainer wrote:
How odd that the comments above are all from people who chose not to attend the well publicised meeting on Monday evening and would rather criticise other members of the public who did attend and added their reasoned comments.
Try doing something for your community rather than just whine and ridicule.
Source?
[quote][p][bold]Sustainer[/bold] wrote: How odd that the comments above are all from people who chose not to attend the well publicised meeting on Monday evening and would rather criticise other members of the public who did attend and added their reasoned comments. Try doing something for your community rather than just whine and ridicule.[/p][/quote]Source? karlmarx
  • Score: 13

12:39am Wed 30 Jul 14

karlmarx says...

Coming soon to a cinema near you 'A tale of three coach parks' starring Wiltshire Council as the bungling unitary authority and Salisbury city council...

Coach parks:
1) Under the proposals part of Brown Street Car Park will be turned into a short stay coach park with room for eight to 12 coaches.
2) The current coach drop off point on St John’s Street will be retained for people who are visiting Salisbury Cathedral.
3) Stanhope – the developer behind the Maltings scheme – has pledged to provide another drop off point for people visiting the other side of the city.

Supporting cast featuring Wilts & Dorset buses...

Who join the cast by parking/laying over buses all over the rest of the city (bus stops funded by you).

Joined up thinking and doing?
Coming soon to a cinema near you 'A tale of three coach parks' starring Wiltshire Council as the bungling unitary authority and Salisbury city council... Coach parks: 1) Under the proposals part of Brown Street Car Park will be turned into a short stay coach park with room for eight to 12 coaches. 2) The current coach drop off point on St John’s Street will be retained for people who are visiting Salisbury Cathedral. 3) Stanhope – the developer behind the Maltings scheme – has pledged to provide another drop off point for people visiting the other side of the city. Supporting cast featuring Wilts & Dorset buses... Who join the cast by parking/laying over buses all over the rest of the city (bus stops funded by you). Joined up thinking and doing? karlmarx
  • Score: 8

9:07am Wed 30 Jul 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

karlmarx wrote:
Coming soon to a cinema near you 'A tale of three coach parks' starring Wiltshire Council as the bungling unitary authority and Salisbury city council...

Coach parks:
1) Under the proposals part of Brown Street Car Park will be turned into a short stay coach park with room for eight to 12 coaches.
2) The current coach drop off point on St John’s Street will be retained for people who are visiting Salisbury Cathedral.
3) Stanhope – the developer behind the Maltings scheme – has pledged to provide another drop off point for people visiting the other side of the city.

Supporting cast featuring Wilts & Dorset buses...

Who join the cast by parking/laying over buses all over the rest of the city (bus stops funded by you).

Joined up thinking and doing?
KarlMarx
You forgot the new 4th option of parking your coach at a Park and Ride site.
[quote][p][bold]karlmarx[/bold] wrote: Coming soon to a cinema near you 'A tale of three coach parks' starring Wiltshire Council as the bungling unitary authority and Salisbury city council... Coach parks: 1) Under the proposals part of Brown Street Car Park will be turned into a short stay coach park with room for eight to 12 coaches. 2) The current coach drop off point on St John’s Street will be retained for people who are visiting Salisbury Cathedral. 3) Stanhope – the developer behind the Maltings scheme – has pledged to provide another drop off point for people visiting the other side of the city. Supporting cast featuring Wilts & Dorset buses... Who join the cast by parking/laying over buses all over the rest of the city (bus stops funded by you). Joined up thinking and doing?[/p][/quote]KarlMarx You forgot the new 4th option of parking your coach at a Park and Ride site. Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 8

9:53am Wed 30 Jul 14

HappyChappie15 says...

Good material for a pantomime this year. How about " A Tale of Two Cities" - a medieval one that had things like bus stations, coach stations and a police station, and a modern city that didn't have any of those things?

Perhaps a song to go with it ?

"Where have all our stations gone,
Far, far, away

Where have all our stations gone,
Gone to a graveyard every one.

When will they ever learn,
When will they ever learn"

Must be some better material out there!
Good material for a pantomime this year. How about " A Tale of Two Cities" - a medieval one that had things like bus stations, coach stations and a police station, and a modern city that didn't have any of those things? Perhaps a song to go with it ? "Where have all our stations gone, Far, far, away Where have all our stations gone, Gone to a graveyard every one. When will they ever learn, When will they ever learn" Must be some better material out there! HappyChappie15
  • Score: 8

11:56am Wed 30 Jul 14

gingin says...

P up and brewery come to mind!! Joking aside what a mess this unitary authority are making of everything > it just gets worse by the day!
P up and brewery come to mind!! Joking aside what a mess this unitary authority are making of everything > it just gets worse by the day! gingin
  • Score: 10

1:11am Thu 31 Jul 14

karlmarx says...

Old Salisbury Boy wrote:
karlmarx wrote:
Coming soon to a cinema near you 'A tale of three coach parks' starring Wiltshire Council as the bungling unitary authority and Salisbury city council...

Coach parks:
1) Under the proposals part of Brown Street Car Park will be turned into a short stay coach park with room for eight to 12 coaches.
2) The current coach drop off point on St John’s Street will be retained for people who are visiting Salisbury Cathedral.
3) Stanhope – the developer behind the Maltings scheme – has pledged to provide another drop off point for people visiting the other side of the city.

Supporting cast featuring Wilts & Dorset buses...

Who join the cast by parking/laying over buses all over the rest of the city (bus stops funded by you).

Joined up thinking and doing?
KarlMarx
You forgot the new 4th option of parking your coach at a Park and Ride site.
Of course ;-)
Then get on another 12 to 15 metre long bus to the city centre, free? (Excludes on average £1 million per annum taxpayers subsidy)
[quote][p][bold]Old Salisbury Boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]karlmarx[/bold] wrote: Coming soon to a cinema near you 'A tale of three coach parks' starring Wiltshire Council as the bungling unitary authority and Salisbury city council... Coach parks: 1) Under the proposals part of Brown Street Car Park will be turned into a short stay coach park with room for eight to 12 coaches. 2) The current coach drop off point on St John’s Street will be retained for people who are visiting Salisbury Cathedral. 3) Stanhope – the developer behind the Maltings scheme – has pledged to provide another drop off point for people visiting the other side of the city. Supporting cast featuring Wilts & Dorset buses... Who join the cast by parking/laying over buses all over the rest of the city (bus stops funded by you). Joined up thinking and doing?[/p][/quote]KarlMarx You forgot the new 4th option of parking your coach at a Park and Ride site.[/p][/quote]Of course ;-) Then get on another 12 to 15 metre long bus to the city centre, free? (Excludes on average £1 million per annum taxpayers subsidy) karlmarx
  • Score: 5

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