Council urged to shift lorry parking out of city centre

Chris Wise, who runs Cafe Severn on the Quay right by the site

Chris Wise, who runs Cafe Severn on the Quay right by the site

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Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

SMOG-SPREADING lorries could finally be rid from Worcester city centre, it has emerged.

The city council's Conservative leadership is being urged to turn Perdiswell's soon-to-be-mothballed park and ride site into a huge lorry parking facility.

It would mean the gas guzzling vehicles would be stopped from using the city's Croft Road car park, which is directly opposite the riverside.

For many years the council has wrestled with the issue of trying to make the riverside area more pleasant by looking at alternative solutions for massive lorries that need to stop in Worcester.

In April the charges were slashed from £25 to just £5, making the hunt for a solution even more acute.

Next month Worcestershire County Council is controversially scrapping its Perdiswell park and ride, leaving the huge site empty.

The land is already in the city council's ownership, meaning taxpayers would not have to fork out any rent for it.

It would also leave the option open for a possible park and ride return in future years, if any county council leadership changes strategy over public transport.

The city council could potentially sell the Perdiswell land for multi-millions for property development.

The lorry parking suggestion has come from Worcester's Labour group, and the city's Conservative administration says it is "not ruling anything out".

Only last week Councillor Simon Geraghty, the city council's leader, visited the Perdiswell site as part of an examination into what to do with it.

Councillor Paul Denham, from the Labour group, said: "The park and ride site has a large, safe parking area.

"There are toilets on site, two nearby pubs serving food and buses into the city which run late into the evening.

"Lorries can easily reach here from the motorway without unnecessarily travelling to the city centre.

An additional advantage is that it keeps the site in use so park and ride services could be restored in future."

Councillor Adrian Gregson, Labour group leader, added: "Moving lorry parking out to the Perdiswell park and ride site makes a lot of sense.

"City centre congestion can only get worse and in a few years people might be demanding the return of park and ride.

"We have spent millions on the site at Perdiswell and I wouldn’t want to spend even more building a new replacement site because we missed this opportunity."

There were proposals 15 years ago to turn the lorry parking land in Croft Road into an open green space, but it was abandoned.

Since then the city council has lavished millions on the nearby riverside to turn it into a real tourism asset.

Councillor Geraghty said: "In principle we'd be willing to look at all possible alternative locations for lorry parking.

"So we're ruling nothing out. We are also actively looking at all the possible options for that Perdiswell site to see if it's not a park and ride, what can be done to it."

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3:05pm Wed 6 Aug 14

The Kop says...

Shocking - this is actually a good idea!!
Shocking - this is actually a good idea!! The Kop
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3:16pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Samboy says...

Would be even better if the site was not so isolated. Anything coming off the motorway which (surprise, surprise) is where most heavy goods materialize from, would have to traverse the city to reach Perdiswell. The logical site would be near junction 6 where most vehicles finish up any way. The reason the Park and Ride was underused is that 90% of motorists would have had to travel through the City to get there. If we are to have lateral thinking then please let it be to good purpose not just to move the problem a few yards.
Would be even better if the site was not so isolated. Anything coming off the motorway which (surprise, surprise) is where most heavy goods materialize from, would have to traverse the city to reach Perdiswell. The logical site would be near junction 6 where most vehicles finish up any way. The reason the Park and Ride was underused is that 90% of motorists would have had to travel through the City to get there. If we are to have lateral thinking then please let it be to good purpose not just to move the problem a few yards. Samboy
  • Score: 1

4:10pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Worcester Lad says...

Not so good. Lorry drivers of all nationalities parking up ,not to far away from a youth centre and some lovely allotments ,how long before the ladies of the night appear. Could cause a few problems in North Worcester?
Not so good. Lorry drivers of all nationalities parking up ,not to far away from a youth centre and some lovely allotments ,how long before the ladies of the night appear. Could cause a few problems in North Worcester? Worcester Lad
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4:22pm Wed 6 Aug 14

liketoknow says...

Samboy wrote:
Would be even better if the site was not so isolated. Anything coming off the motorway which (surprise, surprise) is where most heavy goods materialize from, would have to traverse the city to reach Perdiswell. The logical site would be near junction 6 where most vehicles finish up any way. The reason the Park and Ride was underused is that 90% of motorists would have had to travel through the City to get there. If we are to have lateral thinking then please let it be to good purpose not just to move the problem a few yards.
surely they wouldn't go anywhere near the City. they'd come off at sixways and go through Fernhill Heath.
[quote][p][bold]Samboy[/bold] wrote: Would be even better if the site was not so isolated. Anything coming off the motorway which (surprise, surprise) is where most heavy goods materialize from, would have to traverse the city to reach Perdiswell. The logical site would be near junction 6 where most vehicles finish up any way. The reason the Park and Ride was underused is that 90% of motorists would have had to travel through the City to get there. If we are to have lateral thinking then please let it be to good purpose not just to move the problem a few yards.[/p][/quote]surely they wouldn't go anywhere near the City. they'd come off at sixways and go through Fernhill Heath. liketoknow
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10:23pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Samboy says...

Poor old Fernhill Heath, but what about lorries from Hereford and Kidderminster and M5 south of Worcester. If the site is near 6 ways then they do not need to go down lanes and narrow roads.
Poor old Fernhill Heath, but what about lorries from Hereford and Kidderminster and M5 south of Worcester. If the site is near 6 ways then they do not need to go down lanes and narrow roads. Samboy
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11:04am Thu 7 Aug 14

liketoknow says...

perhaps the PPP will do a U-turn and lobby to have a football stadium there
perhaps the PPP will do a U-turn and lobby to have a football stadium there liketoknow
  • Score: 1

11:06am Thu 7 Aug 14

liketoknow says...

Samboy wrote:
Poor old Fernhill Heath, but what about lorries from Hereford and Kidderminster and M5 south of Worcester. If the site is near 6 ways then they do not need to go down lanes and narrow roads.
Northern by-pass , Hurst lane , A38
[quote][p][bold]Samboy[/bold] wrote: Poor old Fernhill Heath, but what about lorries from Hereford and Kidderminster and M5 south of Worcester. If the site is near 6 ways then they do not need to go down lanes and narrow roads.[/p][/quote]Northern by-pass , Hurst lane , A38 liketoknow
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12:35pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

What our inept councillors may well be not seeing is , with Croft Road the CAR PARKING provides an income towards the overall CAR / LORRY Park Costs.
This consideration is to politically soften the Blow for the Closure of the Park & Ride to appease those (including Councillors) who cannot see the Traffic snarl ups when the hundreds of cars which now park at Bilford Road come into town. And of course our cost conscious Councillors may not have considered the cost implications for Lorry's only parking at the Droitwich Road Park & Ride site, since of course Cars and Lorry's won't mix on that smaller carpark.
So here we go agin with our councillors throwing bits of paper with thoughts written on possibly in pencil, into a bucket, to look at when it's quiete.
And looking at the Whittington Road and Clerkenleap traffic island debacles Simon and the CONservative Possee will sort it eh?
What our inept councillors may well be not seeing is , with Croft Road the CAR PARKING provides an income towards the overall CAR / LORRY Park Costs. This consideration is to politically soften the Blow for the Closure of the Park & Ride to appease those (including Councillors) who cannot see the Traffic snarl ups when the hundreds of cars which now park at Bilford Road come into town. And of course our cost conscious Councillors may not have considered the cost implications for Lorry's only parking at the Droitwich Road Park & Ride site, since of course Cars and Lorry's won't mix on that smaller carpark. So here we go agin with our councillors throwing bits of paper with thoughts written on possibly in pencil, into a bucket, to look at when it's quiete. And looking at the Whittington Road and Clerkenleap traffic island debacles Simon and the CONservative Possee will sort it eh? Jabbadad
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12:25am Sat 9 Aug 14

brooksider says...

liketoknow wrote:
Samboy wrote:
Poor old Fernhill Heath, but what about lorries from Hereford and Kidderminster and M5 south of Worcester. If the site is near 6 ways then they do not need to go down lanes and narrow roads.
Northern by-pass , Hurst lane , A38
I don't like Paul Denham's suggestion that Perdiswell is an ideal site for a lorry park because there are two pubs nearby.
The last thing I want is a 44 tonne lorry being driven by someone who has been drinking.
Access from the M5 is poor what ever route you take.

It's a nasty little left hand turn for larger vehicles at the White Hart and access is little better via Ombersley Road and Checketts Lane.
I bet loads will be sat nav'd down Hindlip Lane.

Plus isn't everybody is forgetting about the residents, the Claines Nimbys?
They ain't going to like it, I remember their Tory Councillor saying loads of residents were moaning to him about the football stadium plan.
With only Amos keeping them in power, the Tory leadership aren't going to risk losing Claines at the next local election.
[quote][p][bold]liketoknow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Samboy[/bold] wrote: Poor old Fernhill Heath, but what about lorries from Hereford and Kidderminster and M5 south of Worcester. If the site is near 6 ways then they do not need to go down lanes and narrow roads.[/p][/quote]Northern by-pass , Hurst lane , A38[/p][/quote]I don't like Paul Denham's suggestion that Perdiswell is an ideal site for a lorry park because there are two pubs nearby. The last thing I want is a 44 tonne lorry being driven by someone who has been drinking. Access from the M5 is poor what ever route you take. It's a nasty little left hand turn for larger vehicles at the White Hart and access is little better via Ombersley Road and Checketts Lane. I bet loads will be sat nav'd down Hindlip Lane. Plus isn't everybody is forgetting about the residents, the Claines Nimbys? They ain't going to like it, I remember their Tory Councillor saying loads of residents were moaning to him about the football stadium plan. With only Amos keeping them in power, the Tory leadership aren't going to risk losing Claines at the next local election. brooksider
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2:34am Sat 9 Aug 14

Jabbadad says...

I'ts no suprise to hear Paul Denhams comments about moving the lorries away from Croft Road , It was on the New Labour agenda during the David Barlow years, and with the whole carpark being turned into Riverside gardens,. What in true inept councillor planning is to also forget the Coach's which bring valued visitors to this city.
Perhaps what we might see with the lorries being thrown off Croft Road will be an increase in the numbers of Lorries that park up around the Warndon estates, without any Toilet facilities apart from the hedgerows which are currently used as loos, and the Lorries churning up the roadsides again.
I t is hoped that Gareghty looks at the access at Perdiswell Park & Ride with as mentioned very large lorries being re-located onto this Parking site.
And finally with our penny wise pound foolish CONservative Councillors, will the revenue support such a scheme, if not it is far better to continue with a scheme which was intended to ease cars going into the centre of of the city. We can't all have access to free carpark facilities as our Councillors at Guildhall right in the centre of the City and at County Hall can we?
I'ts no suprise to hear Paul Denhams comments about moving the lorries away from Croft Road , It was on the New Labour agenda during the David Barlow years, and with the whole carpark being turned into Riverside gardens,. What in true inept councillor planning is to also forget the Coach's which bring valued visitors to this city. Perhaps what we might see with the lorries being thrown off Croft Road will be an increase in the numbers of Lorries that park up around the Warndon estates, without any Toilet facilities apart from the hedgerows which are currently used as loos, and the Lorries churning up the roadsides again. I t is hoped that Gareghty looks at the access at Perdiswell Park & Ride with as mentioned very large lorries being re-located onto this Parking site. And finally with our penny wise pound foolish CONservative Councillors, will the revenue support such a scheme, if not it is far better to continue with a scheme which was intended to ease cars going into the centre of of the city. We can't all have access to free carpark facilities as our Councillors at Guildhall right in the centre of the City and at County Hall can we? Jabbadad
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