Mayor of Worcester fears 'bad neighbour' image over County Hall parking

Councillor Pat Agar, the Mayor of Worcester

Councillor Pat Agar, the Mayor of Worcester

First published in News Evesham Journal: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

PEOPLE living in the Spetchley Road area of Worcester are still fed up by parking problems, according to the city's mayor.

Councillor Pat Agar has now called upon Worcestershire County Council to take a fresh look at the situation, saying plans to provide 200 extra spaces do not go far enough.

After months of concern about workers parking on residential streets because County Hall's spaces are often full, last month bosses revealed plans to provide 200 extra by the autumn.

There are currently 2,300 staff who work at County Hall, but fewer than 800 on-site parking spaces.

But Cllr Agar, who represents the area, said she is still worried the measures will not solve the problems.

Speaking during a full council meeting, she said: "I regularly see 80 cars parked on Spetchley Road, I see cars parking up three streets away and really do question if the council is being a bad neighbour due to the issues caused by this.

"I really do wonder whether this new parking arrangement will even begin to dent the problem.

"Will you look again at this issue, beyond the 200 spaces?"

She also told the Conservative leadership that with more changes happening to the workforce, extra staff could end up being centralised at County Hall, making the situation worse.

The number of employees based at the headquarters has already rocketed by 43 per cent since January, when it was just 1,600, due to workers relocating from other offices.

Councillor John Campion, cabinet member for transformation and change, said: "I absolutely accept Cllr Agar's position and the views of her constituents.

"We are looking to provide an additional 200 spaces on this campus, and it's worth saying that it's not just Worcestershire County Council staff who park on the streets nearby, workers from other organisations do too.

"We have tried to be a good neighbour and I believe we've gone the extra mile by looking to provide these extra spaces."

He said taxpayers wanted to see the County Hall site used as "intensely" as possible to keep costs down.

A planning application over the extra spaces focuses on enlarging two existing on-site car parks.

There are 682 spaces at County Hall on five different car parks, and another 96 reserved in a section of Worcester Woods Country Park during term time only as an alternative option for staff.

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3:42pm Mon 19 May 14

skychip says...

Don't think for one minutes County Hall really care how far their employees have to walk after eventually finding a parking space. I understand some people are driving around for half an hour finding a space, surely not good use of their time and waste of petrol.
Don't think for one minutes County Hall really care how far their employees have to walk after eventually finding a parking space. I understand some people are driving around for half an hour finding a space, surely not good use of their time and waste of petrol. skychip
  • Score: 10

5:13pm Mon 19 May 14

gmoore1207 says...

i thought they were losing 1500 jobs shurly that will solve problem
i thought they were losing 1500 jobs shurly that will solve problem gmoore1207
  • Score: 4

8:53pm Mon 19 May 14

Penny R. Cade says...

I hope Cllr Agar has been having the same conversation with the sixth form college about the need for their students to park on the road as well. Guess it's always easier to blame the Council though...
I hope Cllr Agar has been having the same conversation with the sixth form college about the need for their students to park on the road as well. Guess it's always easier to blame the Council though... Penny R. Cade
  • Score: 9

11:03pm Mon 19 May 14

CJH says...

Penny R. Cade wrote:
I hope Cllr Agar has been having the same conversation with the sixth form college about the need for their students to park on the road as well. Guess it's always easier to blame the Council though...
Odd how during the easter break Spetchley Road hardly had anyone parking on it...
[quote][p][bold]Penny R. Cade[/bold] wrote: I hope Cllr Agar has been having the same conversation with the sixth form college about the need for their students to park on the road as well. Guess it's always easier to blame the Council though...[/p][/quote]Odd how during the easter break Spetchley Road hardly had anyone parking on it... CJH
  • Score: 6

1:02pm Tue 20 May 14

green49 says...

WCC refuse to accept that they have caused any further parking problems but thats what youd expect from an incompetant load of people who have reserved spaces,
the 1500 jobs being cut will make some difference but then more will be coming in like DEFRA and NHS etc etc, they dont tell you much about that do they? there are plans afoot to make the countryside center pay and disply.
WCC refuse to accept that they have caused any further parking problems but thats what youd expect from an incompetant load of people who have reserved spaces, the 1500 jobs being cut will make some difference but then more will be coming in like DEFRA and NHS etc etc, they dont tell you much about that do they? there are plans afoot to make the countryside center pay and disply. green49
  • Score: 0

1:26pm Tue 20 May 14

CJH says...

green49 wrote:
WCC refuse to accept that they have caused any further parking problems but thats what youd expect from an incompetant load of people who have reserved spaces,
the 1500 jobs being cut will make some difference but then more will be coming in like DEFRA and NHS etc etc, they dont tell you much about that do they? there are plans afoot to make the countryside center pay and disply.
Pay and display would probably kill off a lot of the business for the cafe if they do that, AND just make even more people park on the surrounding roads. I sometimes have to park there if the carpark at St Richards is full, but I usually make a point of popping in to get a coffee or something. I don't feel so guilty then.
[quote][p][bold]green49[/bold] wrote: WCC refuse to accept that they have caused any further parking problems but thats what youd expect from an incompetant load of people who have reserved spaces, the 1500 jobs being cut will make some difference but then more will be coming in like DEFRA and NHS etc etc, they dont tell you much about that do they? there are plans afoot to make the countryside center pay and disply.[/p][/quote]Pay and display would probably kill off a lot of the business for the cafe if they do that, AND just make even more people park on the surrounding roads. I sometimes have to park there if the carpark at St Richards is full, but I usually make a point of popping in to get a coffee or something. I don't feel so guilty then. CJH
  • Score: 2

3:27pm Tue 20 May 14

skychip says...

One of the problems with the Sixth Form parking issue is that students have to pay to park on the campus, which, as you can imagine, they are not that keen to do.
One of the problems with the Sixth Form parking issue is that students have to pay to park on the campus, which, as you can imagine, they are not that keen to do. skychip
  • Score: 2

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