Stourport car park plan given the go-ahead

A FORMER garage in Stourport town centre will be demolished and replaced with a temporary car park despite objections from the Highways Agency.

The majority of councillors at Wyre Forest District Council’s planning committee approved plans to flatten the former Lloyds Garage site on Bridge Street and put in a temporary car park.

Many committee members voted to refuse the application. Councillor Cliff Brewer said: “It is ridiculous to put a car park in that situation. I appreciate the site is run down and it needs putting right but it would be nice if we had a street market there that would create footfall, not more cars.”

Conservative councillor Marcus Hart, however, hit out at opposing councillors, saying it would support business.

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9:55am Tue 18 Feb 14

jon cooper says...

Something that offered so much, has in fact delivered so little ... No wonder 'the few' get a little jumpy whenever the question of the now infamous 'James Brindley Wharf' is ever mentioned.

The opening up of the basins has been an enigma to say the very least. The calls for transparency regarding the development have repeatedly been shunned, and I have the strangest feeling that in spite of earlier promises and plans, WFDC are totally in the dark with reference to opening up Stourport's so called 'Hidden Jewel' !!

So despite objections from the Highways Agency, Bridge Street will gain a car-park that in Councillor Hart's words will support business ... I think that Stourport has more than enough car-parks to support local business. In fact it's probably fair to suggest that the busy thoroughfare of Bridge Street is hardly the best place to plonk a car-park, and I have no doubt whatsoever that the Highways Agency or Councillor Brewer are entirely alone with their views. Perhaps Councillor Hart could take time out and look at the Bridge Street situation himself - personally ?

Last summer, a debate arose on the Shuttle online about the possibility of holding a farmers market in Stourport, similiar to the ones that grace both Kidderminster and Bewdley. Bearing this in mind, maybe Councillor Brewer's suggestion to put a market on the Lloyds site would be a beneficial solution for WFDC ... Surely Lloyds would be a more accessable site for residents than having them trawl all the way to the outskirts of Stourport at 'Wyre Forest House' !
Something that offered so much, has in fact delivered so little ... No wonder 'the few' get a little jumpy whenever the question of the now infamous 'James Brindley Wharf' is ever mentioned. The opening up of the basins has been an enigma to say the very least. The calls for transparency regarding the development have repeatedly been shunned, and I have the strangest feeling that in spite of earlier promises and plans, WFDC are totally in the dark with reference to opening up Stourport's so called 'Hidden Jewel' !! So despite objections from the Highways Agency, Bridge Street will gain a car-park that in Councillor Hart's words will support business ... I think that Stourport has more than enough car-parks to support local business. In fact it's probably fair to suggest that the busy thoroughfare of Bridge Street is hardly the best place to plonk a car-park, and I have no doubt whatsoever that the Highways Agency or Councillor Brewer are entirely alone with their views. Perhaps Councillor Hart could take time out and look at the Bridge Street situation himself - personally ? Last summer, a debate arose on the Shuttle online about the possibility of holding a farmers market in Stourport, similiar to the ones that grace both Kidderminster and Bewdley. Bearing this in mind, maybe Councillor Brewer's suggestion to put a market on the Lloyds site would be a beneficial solution for WFDC ... Surely Lloyds would be a more accessable site for residents than having them trawl all the way to the outskirts of Stourport at 'Wyre Forest House' ! jon cooper

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