Park and ride set to get a new lease of life

Coun Teresa Page has welcomed news the park and ride in Cricklade Road is to be put to use again

Coun Teresa Page has welcomed news the park and ride in Cricklade Road is to be put to use again

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THE DIPLAPITATED park and ride in Cricklade Road will soon be in use again following an agreement with Swindon Council and the Abbey Stadium.

Gaming International, which runs the greyhound stadium in Lady Lane, has arranged to take over maintenance and security of the abandoned site while Swindon Council develop long-term plans.

They will use the site as a park and ride for contractor staff building on the stadium, and also for community events.

It could even open it up as a park and ride for the Oasis Leisure Centre when the building work is finished.

Clarke Osbourne, chief executive of Gaming International, said: “The park and ride has been closed for some time now and it has been vandalised. “The authority is looking at the park and ride in the long term, and we have come forward with some short-term possibilities.

“It’s a good opportunity for us and I think that it will be good to have the park and ride back up and running.

“We will use it for parking at our events and we will run a shuttle bus back and forth. We will also use it for some of the contractor employees when we are building.

“Secondly there’s a big development going on at Oasis and the developers there have said they will want a park and ride from that area of Swindon to the Oasis. “No doubt once it is finished it will act as a magnet and they will want that kind of facility available.”

Clarke hopes to take on the park and ride in a couple of months once the council has finished clearing the site.

Gaming International has already arranged for a fair to take place at the site from February 14 to February 23.

Councillor Garry Perkins, cabinet member for economy, regeneration and culture, was pleased the arrangement meant the site would not be wasted.

He said: “There will be lots of things at the park and ride to do with the redevelopment of the Abbey Stadium.

“They will take on the site on behalf of the council for a period of about 12 months to be reviewed every six months.”

The site closed in 2009. On several occasions gypsies have moved in and last August the building was gutted by fire.

Concerns have been raised about its suitability for hosting a fair.

Councillor Teresa Page (Lab, Penhill and Upper Stratton) said: “If the fair is just for two weeks that isn’t so bad and I think it will give the children of Penhill something to enjoy.

“If it had been for six weeks or anything I would have more concerns.

“It’s good news that it is being used and having the fair there is a start.”

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8:44am Thu 6 Feb 14

swindondad says...

At least this site may soon be put back into productive use.
At least this site may soon be put back into productive use. swindondad
  • Score: 6

9:01am Thu 6 Feb 14

silvergran says...

At last something is being done with that eyesore. I think it worked well as a park and ride and it was a shame it closed down. Perhaps it may have been better to use it mainly for peak time travel to get people into work and back again with less buses during the daytime. It'll be interesting to see how it develops.
At last something is being done with that eyesore. I think it worked well as a park and ride and it was a shame it closed down. Perhaps it may have been better to use it mainly for peak time travel to get people into work and back again with less buses during the daytime. It'll be interesting to see how it develops. silvergran
  • Score: 8

10:06am Thu 6 Feb 14

swindondad says...

IMHO the original "Park & Ride" would have been financially viable if they had reduced the frequency of buses (and therefore cost) outside of the peak period.

The market for it was always going to be predominantly people who worked in the town centre and needed all day parking not shoppers popping in for an hour or so.
IMHO the original "Park & Ride" would have been financially viable if they had reduced the frequency of buses (and therefore cost) outside of the peak period. The market for it was always going to be predominantly people who worked in the town centre and needed all day parking not shoppers popping in for an hour or so. swindondad
  • Score: 3

12:12pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Arrowfield says...

'It could even open it up as a park and ride for the Oasis Leisure Centre when the building work is finished' really clutching at straws!
'It could even open it up as a park and ride for the Oasis Leisure Centre when the building work is finished' really clutching at straws! Arrowfield
  • Score: 2

12:23pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Grimsbygal says...

DIPLAPITATED????? Who actually edits this comic???
DIPLAPITATED????? Who actually edits this comic??? Grimsbygal
  • Score: -1

12:52pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Alan B'stard says...

They've spelt 'Penhill' wrong on that poster.

Everyone knows that it's actually spelt:

kl;adfjiuqw ;rjviuasio8i68916h89
7npsuvnoihagbvuilybg
laiys lvhlafd
They've spelt 'Penhill' wrong on that poster. Everyone knows that it's actually spelt: kl;adfjiuqw ;rjviuasio8i68916h89 7npsuvnoihagbvuilybg laiys lvhlafd Alan B'stard
  • Score: -6

1:30pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

The park and ride balls ups are right up there with the wifi scandal. SBC at its worst
The park and ride balls ups are right up there with the wifi scandal. SBC at its worst Davey Gravey
  • Score: -1

3:44pm Thu 6 Feb 14

pongopatterson says...

Alan B'stard wrote:
They've spelt 'Penhill' wrong on that poster.

Everyone knows that it's actually spelt:

kl;adfjiuqw ;rjviuasio8i68916h89

7npsuvnoihagbvuilybg

laiys lvhlafd
And Corps ?? Perhaps that's what you'll become if you go on the rides???
[quote][p][bold]Alan B'stard[/bold] wrote: They've spelt 'Penhill' wrong on that poster. Everyone knows that it's actually spelt: kl;adfjiuqw ;rjviuasio8i68916h89 7npsuvnoihagbvuilybg laiys lvhlafd[/p][/quote]And Corps ?? Perhaps that's what you'll become if you go on the rides??? pongopatterson
  • Score: 2

9:10pm Thu 6 Feb 14

choccie says...

Now that the site has been vandalised and destroyed it seems stupid to try to reinvent it as as a Park and Ride. Why not just sell the land.
Now that the site has been vandalised and destroyed it seems stupid to try to reinvent it as as a Park and Ride. Why not just sell the land. choccie
  • Score: 1

11:09pm Thu 6 Feb 14

johntomjo says...

just waiting for more bad mouthing of penhill
just waiting for more bad mouthing of penhill johntomjo
  • Score: 1

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