Council backs budget for Waterloo car park design and planning application
Release date: 21 February 2017
Members of Cotswold District Council have agreed to allocate up to £225,000 from the Priorities fund for design and planning work related to the proposed decked car park at The Waterloo site in Cirencester.
This request for funding was backed by members of the Cabinet last week, having agreed they were satisfied that a fund of up to that amount could be required to finance the submission of a comprehensive planning application. As part of the same process, they acknowledged that the time was right to develop detailed designs and surveys and engage an architect.
The Parking Demand Board will now be empowered to move forward with this preliminary work.
Board Chairman, Cllr Mark Harris, said:
“It’s good to hear that we have reached this major stage and I am grateful that the full Council endorsed the Cabinet recommendation, enabling us to begin the development of a fully formed planning application.
“We all know that there is no ideal solution to addressing parking problems in Cirencester but independent experts have indicated that the Waterloo is the most suitable site for large-scale expansion. We are aware of the potential impact on those living in the vicinity and it will be important to engage with them to develop the best possible design and planning arrangements.”
The Cabinet Member tasked with oversight of the Board, Cllr Mark MacKenzie-Charrington, added:
“What is clear is that something needs to be done soon to future-proof the provision of parking in Cirencester, and the development of a decked car park will be a major step forward in terms of meeting the projected increase in demand over the next thirty years or so.”
Cllr Chris Hancock, the Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Partnerships was in no doubt about the magnitude of the task ahead:
“This is probably the biggest ever capital project that the Council has taken on, and the overall cost could even exceed £10 million. With this in mind, we will need to find innovative ways to fund this project without impacting on bills for the council tax payer. What we all want to do is create a top quality asset which will serve the people of the Cotswolds for many decades.”