Crackdown on lorries parking near Worcester's riverside

The Guildhall, home of Worcester City Council: lorries parking rise due

The Guildhall, home of Worcester City Council: lorries parking rise due

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Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

LORRIES are facing a 400 per cent rise to park up near Worcester city centre - in a bid to improve the appeal of the riverside.

Worcester City Council says it wants to boost the attractiveness of the riverside further by discouraging large goods vehicles from Croft Road car park.

Years before millions of pounds went into sprucing up the city's jewel in the crown, lorries have been paying £5 to use a row of dedicated spaces at the site.

It has also become increasingly popular with coaches, adding to pollution in the city and effectively turning Croft Road into a huge turning-circle for massive vehicles.

The £5 lorry charge will now increase to £25 from April, with the council's leadership saying it wants to use the levy as a "deterrent".

The view for customers at Cafe Severn, the eatery opposite Croft Road car park, is often one of lorries coming in and out the site daily.

The coach fee is also going up, but from £5 to £10, with the council saying Croft Road valuable facility for coaches bringing in tourists and the rise should be lower.

Some critics say it will push lorries out into residential areas, but the Labour leadership says the aim is to help the riverside.

Fresh talks will also take place with Worcestershire County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership about creating a dedicated 'lorry park' elsewhere, well away from the riverside.

Councillor Adrian Gregson, the leader, said: "Trucks bring in pollution to a far greater extent than cars do.

"It's not great for that riverside area, and the turning point in Croft Road is not conducive to lorry parking.

"If we wanted to stop lorries using it completely we'd ban them from it - we're not saying that, but this is something we've wanted to do something about for a while and we realise there's an element of deterrent to this."

Rival politicians say the policy is wrong, but it is expected to be finalised later this month as part of the 2014/15 budget.

Councillor Roger Knight, a former cabinet member for the environment, said: "It's all very well saying good things about the riverside but we don't seem to have a plan, we're bunging up the charges to make a few quid.

"All it will do is increase lorry parking in other areas."

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12:52pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Leeolitina says...

Send them to the Park and Ride - there is always plenty of space .....
Send them to the Park and Ride - there is always plenty of space ..... Leeolitina
  • Score: 6

12:55pm Wed 5 Feb 14

jb says...

It's amazing that the councillors believe the lorries and coaches parking there are an eyesore yet drag their feet when travellers park there for nothing and cost the taxpayer money to clear up the filth. Why deter these vehicles from this car park? Coaches being many visitors to the city every weeks so it's a bit of a slap in the face to charge more! It begs the question again WHY deter large vehicles from here?.....
Nothing to do with the University being so close and the new sports facility opening is it?..just saying
It's amazing that the councillors believe the lorries and coaches parking there are an eyesore yet drag their feet when travellers park there for nothing and cost the taxpayer money to clear up the filth. Why deter these vehicles from this car park? Coaches being many visitors to the city every weeks so it's a bit of a slap in the face to charge more! It begs the question again WHY deter large vehicles from here?..... Nothing to do with the University being so close and the new sports facility opening is it?..just saying jb
  • Score: 15

3:07pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Samboy says...

Typical crackpot Labour thinking. "If we wanted to stop lorries using it we would ban them completely"says Cllr Gregson. So it is all about money is it? It is logical to have a dedicated lorry park away from the City Centre but the logical places - off Junctions 6 and 7 will obviously be ignored.
Typical crackpot Labour thinking. "If we wanted to stop lorries using it we would ban them completely"says Cllr Gregson. So it is all about money is it? It is logical to have a dedicated lorry park away from the City Centre but the logical places - off Junctions 6 and 7 will obviously be ignored. Samboy
  • Score: 12

3:14pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Samboy says...

And NO. Perdiswell will not do. Droitwich Road was always the most remote road into Worcester and the location is a major cause of the failure of the Park and Ride. Most lorries would need to use minor roads to get there . A dedicated park with FULL facilities on the perimeter near the apology of a ring road is the only location.
And NO. Perdiswell will not do. Droitwich Road was always the most remote road into Worcester and the location is a major cause of the failure of the Park and Ride. Most lorries would need to use minor roads to get there . A dedicated park with FULL facilities on the perimeter near the apology of a ring road is the only location. Samboy
  • Score: 0

3:25pm Wed 5 Feb 14

mrwrighty says...

These lorries are driving into the City, just to use the facilities of the lorry park, therefore clogging our streets. There should be a suitable location on the outskirts of the city maybe by Blackpole close to the motorway.
These lorries are driving into the City, just to use the facilities of the lorry park, therefore clogging our streets. There should be a suitable location on the outskirts of the city maybe by Blackpole close to the motorway. mrwrighty
  • Score: 0

8:18pm Wed 5 Feb 14

CYNIC_AL says...

As others have said surely a lorry park near the M5 is the best option? Anyone with half a brain who knows the basics of traffic management could see that. Apart from the morons at county hall it seems...
As others have said surely a lorry park near the M5 is the best option? Anyone with half a brain who knows the basics of traffic management could see that. Apart from the morons at county hall it seems... CYNIC_AL
  • Score: 3

9:07pm Wed 5 Feb 14

copierman says...

CYNIC_AL wrote:
As others have said surely a lorry park near the M5 is the best option? Anyone with half a brain who knows the basics of traffic management could see that. Apart from the morons at county hall it seems...
You mean like a Motorway Service area then but for HGV's only that would be as close to the motorway as you could get it?

Anyone who drives outside the City at night knows that most of the laybyes on the main roads in the County have HGVS parked up in them for a nights sleep ready for a early start.
[quote][p][bold]CYNIC_AL[/bold] wrote: As others have said surely a lorry park near the M5 is the best option? Anyone with half a brain who knows the basics of traffic management could see that. Apart from the morons at county hall it seems...[/p][/quote]You mean like a Motorway Service area then but for HGV's only that would be as close to the motorway as you could get it? Anyone who drives outside the City at night knows that most of the laybyes on the main roads in the County have HGVS parked up in them for a nights sleep ready for a early start. copierman
  • Score: 3

2:18pm Thu 6 Feb 14

old misery says...

£10 to park a coach for a couple of hours bringing potential business to the city" brilliant" no doubt the council paid external advisors to think that one up as for pollution majority of modern lorries and coaches cause very limited pollution compared to years ago.
£10 to park a coach for a couple of hours bringing potential business to the city" brilliant" no doubt the council paid external advisors to think that one up as for pollution majority of modern lorries and coaches cause very limited pollution compared to years ago. old misery
  • Score: 1

4:04pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Nortynorse says...

Well done Gregson!!! another "Half Baked" plan to push the trucks out into the suburbs, which is where they will park. As for blocking the view from the cafe, the lorries turn up late afternoon after it is closed. Whats the problem?

Perhaps you would like to be more proactive with the Travelling Community who foul & mess everywhere but the taxpayer picks that cost up.

Sorry, probably does not fit in with your "politcal correctness"
Well done Gregson!!! another "Half Baked" plan to push the trucks out into the suburbs, which is where they will park. As for blocking the view from the cafe, the lorries turn up late afternoon after it is closed. Whats the problem? Perhaps you would like to be more proactive with the Travelling Community who foul & mess everywhere but the taxpayer picks that cost up. Sorry, probably does not fit in with your "politcal correctness" Nortynorse
  • Score: 6

4:51pm Fri 7 Feb 14

JohnJRT says...

Personally, I don't think this goes far enough. Surely there should be counselling offered for people who've had to tolerate seeing a lorry while they're trying to drink a cup of coffee. And perhaps they sholuld replace the entire truck park with a large screen showing Youtube clips of kittens doing cute things with wool and pencils on permanetnt 24 hour loop. It could easily be mounted on the railway viaduct and no one would have to cope with seeing a lorry in the middle distance ever again.
It's about time we stopped delivering stuff to towns which adopt this attitude to drivers. I used to park up (quite legally) in town centres up and down the length of Britain, but it's very difficult to find anywhere you can do that nowadays. We don't come into places like Worcester for fun, we come in because we've been at work for fifteen hours at a stretch and need somewhere to park the truck with access to food and toilet facilities. Is that hard to understand?
Hats off to Worcester for allowing trucks to park up near the town centre for so long - much longer than most other places - but a 400% increase (with no corresponding increase in the quality of the facilities ... would a showerblock be out of the question?) is taking the michael. I'm just glad I don't do overnight stops any more.
Personally, I don't think this goes far enough. Surely there should be counselling offered for people who've had to tolerate seeing a lorry while they're trying to drink a cup of coffee. And perhaps they sholuld replace the entire truck park with a large screen showing Youtube clips of kittens doing cute things with wool and pencils on permanetnt 24 hour loop. It could easily be mounted on the railway viaduct and no one would have to cope with seeing a lorry in the middle distance ever again. It's about time we stopped delivering stuff to towns which adopt this attitude to drivers. I used to park up (quite legally) in town centres up and down the length of Britain, but it's very difficult to find anywhere you can do that nowadays. We don't come into places like Worcester for fun, we come in because we've been at work for fifteen hours at a stretch and need somewhere to park the truck with access to food and toilet facilities. Is that hard to understand? Hats off to Worcester for allowing trucks to park up near the town centre for so long - much longer than most other places - but a 400% increase (with no corresponding increase in the quality of the facilities ... would a showerblock be out of the question?) is taking the michael. I'm just glad I don't do overnight stops any more. JohnJRT
  • Score: 6

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