Demolition of garage to start Stourport Canal Basins redevelopment

Kidderminster Shuttle: DEMOLITION: Conservative councillor John Campion outside the former Lloyd’s Garage site. DEMOLITION: Conservative councillor John Campion outside the former Lloyd’s Garage site.

THE regeneration of Stourport Canal Basins will begin with the demolition of the former Lloyd’s Garage site in Bridge Street.

Demolition of the garage, planned to start next Monday, will open up Stourport town centre to create views and pedestrian access from Bridge Street through to the canal basin area.

Conservative councillor John Campion, Wyre Forest District Council’s cabinet member for planning and economic regeneration, said: “This site represents a major regeneration opportunity in the town.

“The basins have been a hidden jewel, so we are delighted to be able to reveal them for local people and visitors.

“Prospective investors will be able to easily visualise the commercial opportunity that the basins provide.”

Independent councillor Helen Dyke, town centre champion, said: “The economic climate over the last few years has made bringing forward regeneration plans particularly difficult.

“Opening up the Bridge Street basins link will show how a mixed use commercial, retail and residential development would greatly enhance the town.”

During the process of developing the canal basins, the site will provide a temporary car park for 34 spaces in the centre of the town.

Mr Campion said: “We are working hard with our partners, the Homes and Communities Agency and Canal and River Trust, to progress the Bridge Street basins redevelopment.

“In the meantime, it is felt that a temporary car park would make good use of the site and support the vibrant summer visitor season.”

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8:24am Sun 22 Jun 14

stour67 says...

And it will stay a car park for yrs to come.
And it will stay a car park for yrs to come. stour67
  • Score: 13

2:52pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Wagtail59 says...

So what progress has been made in developing this area? the creation of a temporary car park unrelated to any real development would suggest not very much.

My suggestion is to create a temporary gateway to the basins, it might help to provide an impression of how it might look.
So what progress has been made in developing this area? the creation of a temporary car park unrelated to any real development would suggest not very much. My suggestion is to create a temporary gateway to the basins, it might help to provide an impression of how it might look. Wagtail59
  • Score: 14

11:53am Mon 23 Jun 14

jon cooper says...

I think the definition of "Temporary" means four years ...

Counciilor Campion says ... "In the meantime, it is felt that a temporary car park would make good use of the site and support the vibrant summer visitor season."

I think Stourport has more than enough pay and display car-parks to support visitors. For anyone who knows the Bridge Street location well, will understand the traffic concerns that already exist, without the addition of a 34 spaced car-park.

WFDC already have in place farmers markets for Kidderminster and Bewdley, which have proved to be successful. I read that a member of ICHC suggested placing a long-overdue farmers market on the former Lloyds site until any significant development starts. Based on the comments that have appeared on the 'We Love Stourport' facebook page, the majority of residents agree.

Surely a farmers market will be more beneficial to Stourport than yet another car-park ??
I think the definition of "Temporary" means four years ... Counciilor Campion says ... "In the meantime, it is felt that a temporary car park would make good use of the site and support the vibrant summer visitor season." I think Stourport has more than enough pay and display car-parks to support visitors. For anyone who knows the Bridge Street location well, will understand the traffic concerns that already exist, without the addition of a 34 spaced car-park. WFDC already have in place farmers markets for Kidderminster and Bewdley, which have proved to be successful. I read that a member of ICHC suggested placing a long-overdue farmers market on the former Lloyds site until any significant development starts. Based on the comments that have appeared on the 'We Love Stourport' facebook page, the majority of residents agree. Surely a farmers market will be more beneficial to Stourport than yet another car-park ?? jon cooper
  • Score: 5

9:21pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Stephen Brown says...

There was of course a perfectly viable business there turfed out way too early in whatever was the council's 'master plan' at the time. Given this is about visualising things for 'potential investors' I wonder at what stage things are actually at in the current 'master plan' and how long 'temporary' really is??

On a positive, at least a car park is better than an empty building, but some better use of the space to bring some albeit temporary vibrancy and something different to the town centre is even better. Folks have long talked about some kind of market, so trying that out would be good for the town, and if it's successful could stake a permanent claim. The space may even generate other ideas for its use, who knows.

However, I bet the council simply see 34 car park spaces as a bit more revenue.
There was of course a perfectly viable business there turfed out way too early in whatever was the council's 'master plan' at the time. Given this is about visualising things for 'potential investors' I wonder at what stage things are actually at in the current 'master plan' and how long 'temporary' really is?? On a positive, at least a car park is better than an empty building, but some better use of the space to bring some albeit temporary vibrancy and something different to the town centre is even better. Folks have long talked about some kind of market, so trying that out would be good for the town, and if it's successful could stake a permanent claim. The space may even generate other ideas for its use, who knows. However, I bet the council simply see 34 car park spaces as a bit more revenue. Stephen Brown
  • Score: 20

7:16am Wed 25 Jun 14

mrs coops says...

This voting system is an absolute joke! stephen brown has basically copied the same comment that jon cooper made changing a couple of words and jon coopers votes are -7 and stephen browns 13!!! what a joke some people need to get out more instead of sitting refreshing the page and keep disliking , no doubt this comment will be -20 before long :-D x
This voting system is an absolute joke! stephen brown has basically copied the same comment that jon cooper made changing a couple of words and jon coopers votes are -7 and stephen browns 13!!! what a joke some people need to get out more instead of sitting refreshing the page and keep disliking , no doubt this comment will be -20 before long :-D x mrs coops
  • Score: 0

4:27pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Ez Whitehead says...

The idea of Stephen Brown 'copying' the work of John Cooper is the best joke i've heard all day!!!
The idea of Stephen Brown 'copying' the work of John Cooper is the best joke i've heard all day!!! Ez Whitehead
  • Score: 5

9:17pm Wed 25 Jun 14

The Fossa says...

'The space may even generate other ideas for its use, who knows.'
How about the council clears it and gives the space a job as a carpark, which can moonlight as an area to hold a farmers market on now and again, and then graduate to a proper gateway to other stuff when they finally (maybe?) pull their finger out one day?
'The space may even generate other ideas for its use, who knows.' How about the council clears it and gives the space a job as a carpark, which can moonlight as an area to hold a farmers market on now and again, and then graduate to a proper gateway to other stuff when they finally (maybe?) pull their finger out one day? The Fossa
  • Score: 3

9:31pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Teabag12 says...

It's often said on my facebook feed that in between the history The we love Stourport facebook page are full of busy bodies (particularly the page owner) who aren't on this planet moaning & gossiping about the misfortunes of others because they have to know why the ambulances, helicopters where out and who died. I stopped following about 12 months ago for that reason.
If the council had of made it a farmers market then people still would be unhappy. The business shouldn't of been turfed out so quickly in my opinion, well not at all as it's got so much history (I've got lovely photos of the place inside and out from over the years) but I'm just glad the space is being utilised.
It's often said on my facebook feed that in between the history The we love Stourport facebook page are full of busy bodies (particularly the page owner) who aren't on this planet moaning & gossiping about the misfortunes of others because they have to know why the ambulances, helicopters where out and who died. I stopped following about 12 months ago for that reason. If the council had of made it a farmers market then people still would be unhappy. The business shouldn't of been turfed out so quickly in my opinion, well not at all as it's got so much history (I've got lovely photos of the place inside and out from over the years) but I'm just glad the space is being utilised. Teabag12
  • Score: -2

9:38pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Sad1209 says...

Tea bag it's true. I'm going to unfollow the page. They are now using the power of facebook to increase their votes on their comments on here lol!! :-)))))
Tea bag it's true. I'm going to unfollow the page. They are now using the power of facebook to increase their votes on their comments on here lol!! :-))))) Sad1209
  • Score: -2

12:52am Thu 26 Jun 14

jon cooper says...

Ez Whitehead wrote:
The idea of Stephen Brown 'copying' the work of John Cooper is the best joke i've heard all day!!!
Believe me 'Ez' I couldn't agree more ... I haven't got a political mind for a start !

Just to bring this back round to the Lloyds issue ... (Which for some bizarre reason is ALWAYS a sensitive issue whenever dared questioned) ... I think it's very fair to say that people are generally confused as to how this project will end up. Will it be the regeneration that was originally promised ??

But does this mean that people's concerns point to the conclusion that they might be 'busy-bodies', ot that they might be classed as 'Moaners of Stourport Incorported, (Hello 'Ez') ... I really don't think so somehow; I think people care that this expensive scheme will be everything that it was originally promised to be; and yes, there are many out there who have aired their concerns in the past, on here; on other online forums; even to their respective councillors !

The Farmers Market idea came about on this very forum last year when WFDC were scratching their heads as to where to place a farmers market in Stourport. Many locations were suggested, but I do recall an ICHC representitive (I daren't mention the name, for fear of upsetting 'Ez') suggesting the former Lloyds site. I personally agree, and so do others as far as I can see; and although I don't expect the Lloyds site to cater for a farmers market 24/7, at least once a week would surely be a bigger attraction than yet another car-park ??

@Teabag12: As you know, the general opinion was that Lloyds should NEVER have been turfed out of Bridge Street in the first place. But the original reason as to why Lloyds was booted out, is nowhere near to fruition as it was four years ago.

Finally, regarding the 'voting-system' ... I have never took much notice of the 'alternative vote'.

Adios ;-) x
[quote][p][bold]Ez Whitehead[/bold] wrote: The idea of Stephen Brown 'copying' the work of John Cooper is the best joke i've heard all day!!![/p][/quote]Believe me 'Ez' I couldn't agree more ... I haven't got a political mind for a start ! Just to bring this back round to the Lloyds issue ... (Which for some bizarre reason is ALWAYS a sensitive issue whenever dared questioned) ... I think it's very fair to say that people are generally confused as to how this project will end up. Will it be the regeneration that was originally promised ?? But does this mean that people's concerns point to the conclusion that they might be 'busy-bodies', ot that they might be classed as 'Moaners of Stourport Incorported, (Hello 'Ez') ... I really don't think so somehow; I think people care that this expensive scheme will be everything that it was originally promised to be; and yes, there are many out there who have aired their concerns in the past, on here; on other online forums; even to their respective councillors ! The Farmers Market idea came about on this very forum last year when WFDC were scratching their heads as to where to place a farmers market in Stourport. Many locations were suggested, but I do recall an ICHC representitive (I daren't mention the name, for fear of upsetting 'Ez') suggesting the former Lloyds site. I personally agree, and so do others as far as I can see; and although I don't expect the Lloyds site to cater for a farmers market 24/7, at least once a week would surely be a bigger attraction than yet another car-park ?? @Teabag12: As you know, the general opinion was that Lloyds should NEVER have been turfed out of Bridge Street in the first place. But the original reason as to why Lloyds was booted out, is nowhere near to fruition as it was four years ago. Finally, regarding the 'voting-system' ... I have never took much notice of the 'alternative vote'. Adios ;-) x jon cooper
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