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Devizes coach parking plan given the thumbs up
4:00pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
BUSINESSES have defended the plan to remove 11 on-street car parking spaces in New Park Street, Devizes, to allow tourist coaches to park there.
The proposal by the transport group of Devizes Area Board is to allow tourist coaches to park for up to 20 minutes during the day to allow passengers to be dropped off. Coaches would then have to move to another car park such as in Station Road.
The spaces to be used in New Park Street are outside Brownston House and on the other side of the road next to The Taste of Bengal restaurant, close to the public toilets at West Central Car Park.
The Area Board agreed to the change at a meeting on Monday night, for an 18-month period while it seeks to introduce permanent coach parking at West Central Car Park.
The owners of Rangebourne Pet Care and Bressington’s antiques shop, both in New Park Street, said last week that they were concerned at the loss of on-street car parking.
However, Claire Markwell, chairman of Devizes Community Area Partnership’s economic and tourism group, said: “The proposed location is in response to the twin demands of tour operators; namely proximity to a public lavatory and a safe point for passengers to get on and off close to the town centre. Let’s encourage the coaches and their cargo of tourists – they bring more spending and fewer cars after all.”
Tony Aldridge, owner of Rosemundy Cottage Bed and Breakfast in London Road, said: “This proposal is not in isolation. It is part of a campaign by Devizes Area Tourism Partnership to raise awareness of Devizes and help the economy, of which tourism is recognised as a key part.”