Banbury station 707-space car park plan 'should be refused'

Banbury station 707-space car park plan 'should be refused'

Banbury station 707-space car park plan 'should be refused'

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A MULTI-STOREY car park plan for Banbury train station should be thrown out because of the impact on traffic and neighbours, council officers have urged.

Chiltern Railways has said the 707-space, three-storey building is vital to meet rising demand with the pending loss of other car parks.

But a Cherwell District Council planning officer has recommended planning committee members reject the scheme at a meeting this week.

The pay-and-display facility would go on land next to the Royal Mail sorting office and Chiltern’s control centre off Higham Way and be linked by a new bridge to the station, for car park users only.

Chiltern said passenger demand for Banbury grew by 100 per cent from 2003 to 2011 and spaces grew from 254 in 2005 to 631 now.

And it warned leases on 315 spaces at Tramway Industrial Estate will expire in October while 54 off Station Approach run out in August.

But planning officer Simon Dean said while there is a “clear need” for more parking the plan would have an unacceptable traffic impact.

The car park would also have an “unacceptable level of over-dominance” on neighbouring flats along Marshall Road, he said.

The impact on junctions of Cherwell Street, Bridge Street, Merton Street, Middleton Road and Waterloo Drive was raised as a concern by Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority.

The county said not enough information had been given by the operator on how many extra journeys the car park would generate.

Some 44 letters opposed the plan along with a petition of 124 signatures with concerns about the “over-dominance” of the building, loss of light and extra traffic. Marshall Road resident Matthew Gilkes told the council: “It is very difficult to see how the surrounding road infrastructure of Marshall Road, Middleton Road and Merton Street will cope with the increased vehicle volume.”

Fellow Marshall Road resident Sam Hilton said: “The proposal is far too close to Marshall Road, affecting all residents and downgrading the area. “Traffic in this area is already very, very busy.”

Banbury Town Council told the district council: “This site is not suitable for a car park of this size.”

Chiltern offered £100,000 for transport work like traffic calming but Mr Dean said it was not clear if this would be adequate.

The council has suggested the top deck be removed but Chiltern said a Government £10.4m grant demands it be used for 707 spaces.

Cherwell Rail Users Group chairman Chris Bates said commuter parking facilities can “just about cope” but was confident more temporary permissions can be found.

He said: “The application was too large and in the wrong place. It is being opposed for all the right reasons.”

Chiltern spokesman Emma Gascoigne said: “We believe our proposal is the right answer for Banbury but will obviously review our position if the committee does not agree”.

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2:58pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Myron Blatz says...

You want peoplr to get to work, travel and use trains, but you don't want car parks for them? This gets even dafter whe you reslise that many Banbury rail users live in more rural locations, many of which have derisory bus services, which have little or no relevance to rail users or commuters. If one answer might be a park-and-ride to the Station, how many would be needed to cope with geographical diversification of rail users, who would pay to create the secure parking, and provision of bus services?
You want peoplr to get to work, travel and use trains, but you don't want car parks for them? This gets even dafter whe you reslise that many Banbury rail users live in more rural locations, many of which have derisory bus services, which have little or no relevance to rail users or commuters. If one answer might be a park-and-ride to the Station, how many would be needed to cope with geographical diversification of rail users, who would pay to create the secure parking, and provision of bus services? Myron Blatz
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4:47pm Thu 3 Jan 13

carfax cabby ox1 says...

Nutters the lot of them. You have commuters driving to oxford blocking the road all the way and they complain, you want to clear all those cars from the road to oxford and put passengers on the train, and they complain. What do they want, people to tele-port onto the platform from their front rooms.
Nutters the lot of them. You have commuters driving to oxford blocking the road all the way and they complain, you want to clear all those cars from the road to oxford and put passengers on the train, and they complain. What do they want, people to tele-port onto the platform from their front rooms. carfax cabby ox1
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9:16pm Thu 3 Jan 13

banburyresident says...

Question - Would you want a multi storey car park manned 24 hours a day 40 metres from your living room blocking out ALL your light when there is ample space for it on the other side of the train tracks well away from residents? I think not!
Question - Would you want a multi storey car park manned 24 hours a day 40 metres from your living room blocking out ALL your light when there is ample space for it on the other side of the train tracks well away from residents? I think not! banburyresident
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9:23pm Thu 3 Jan 13

lindy1985 says...

I am a resident of Marshall road, the objection to this car park is the fact of shutting down all car parks on the morrisons/Cherwell heights side of town meaning ALL these car park users will need to drive over the bridge to Grimsbury to try to get to a car park anyone who regularly drives through banbury and knows the area well will already understand Middleton road and an extra 707 cars being forced over the bridge onto Middleton road, Merton St and down past the Royal Mail sorting office. There is already a whole new estate which uses Merton st to exit which is mostly one way and gridlocked, also used by Grundon Heavy Lorries and all the traffic of a very busy royal mail sorting office. Maybe if the editor could print some actual facts it might make it easier for people to understand the impact this will mean for such a small road which is already dangerous
I am a resident of Marshall road, the objection to this car park is the fact of shutting down all car parks on the morrisons/Cherwell heights side of town meaning ALL these car park users will need to drive over the bridge to Grimsbury to try to get to a car park anyone who regularly drives through banbury and knows the area well will already understand Middleton road and an extra 707 cars being forced over the bridge onto Middleton road, Merton St and down past the Royal Mail sorting office. There is already a whole new estate which uses Merton st to exit which is mostly one way and gridlocked, also used by Grundon Heavy Lorries and all the traffic of a very busy royal mail sorting office. Maybe if the editor could print some actual facts it might make it easier for people to understand the impact this will mean for such a small road which is already dangerous lindy1985
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9:44pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

The vast majority of station traffic will be semi-off peak. Arriving around 7.30 and departing at 18.30.

If there is limited parking at Banbury, people will just get into their cars and drive through Adderbury & Kidlington to board the new service at Water Eaton.
The vast majority of station traffic will be semi-off peak. Arriving around 7.30 and departing at 18.30. If there is limited parking at Banbury, people will just get into their cars and drive through Adderbury & Kidlington to board the new service at Water Eaton. Andrew:Oxford
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