Liberal Democrat Councillors have welcomed the news that Cotswold District Council’s Parking Demand Boards and Cirencester Rugby Club have joined forces to help meet the rising demand for parking spaces in the town. The parking board is led by Liberal Democrat Councillor, Mark Harris (Abbey Ward).
Both parties have entered into a formal agreement which - subject to planning consent – will see the development of land at the rugby club accommodate about 150 parking spaces.
Commenting on the formal agreement, Cllr Mark Harris said:
“By joining forces with Cirencester Rugby Club we have a great opportunity to provide much needed extra parking at a site with easy access to the town centre. The Council would intend to operate the site for public parking from Monday to Friday and the Rugby Club would use it on weekends. Given the location of the Rugby Club, we believe that the newly created spaces would be best suited to permit-style parking for commuters, reducing the number of cars going in and out of the town centre. We will, of course, be consulting with local residents to discuss the best way to manage traffic flows in and out of the car park."
Liberal Democrat leader on CDC, Cllr Joe Harris also welcomed the news saying: "This announcement is good news for residents in Cirencester, the Lib Dems have been campaigning for more parking spaces in Cirencester for years and I'm pleased that Cllrs Mark Harris and Jenny Forde who are our representatives on the parking board are at the forefront of delivering this ambition."
“Nick Theakston, President of Cirencester Rugby Club, concluded:
“We are fully behind this proposal and have secured formal agreement from our Members to enter into a lease agreement. Leasing our land would not just provide much needed parking for the town, but would also yield some very welcome income for the Rugby Club. The dedicated parking area created will present a great facility to accommodate our fans on match days and the hundreds of minis and youth rugby parents at the weekend; as well as enhancing our clubhouse entrance with a professional appearance, benefiting our sponsors and partners."