Plans to turn former police station into a car park

Plans to turn former police station into a car park

Plans to turn former police station into a car park

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A CAMPAIGN has been set up to turn Wantage’s former police station and magistrates’ court into a car park.

Wantage Town Council says more parking spaces are already needed in the town centre, even before 5,000 new homes are built in Wantage and Grove.

Town councillor St John Dickson, chairman of the town Joint Economic Forum (JEF), is now leading a campaign to buy the station from Thames Valley Police.

Mr Dickson said: “The demand for parking is growing and we just don’t have the capacity any more.

“This has always been an area that serves the town and I don’t see how Wantage is going to expand and keep thriving with nowhere to move into.”

He said the land was worth approximately £1m, so the group is hoping Vale of White Horse District Council can be persuaded to invest and run the car park.

Mr Dickson said he would also like some retail on the site, and if a retail developer could be persuaded to invest it would help meet the cost.

The main sticking point in the plan is that the police are already working with Hampshire’s Churchill Retirement Living to convert the empty building into old people’s homes.

Wantage and District Chamber of Commerce chairman and owner of Umami Deli, Michael Dale, said the scheme would benefit all Wantage businesses.

He said: “We did a basic calculation, and this could be worth hundreds of thousands to Wantage.”

Anyone who would like to lend support to the campaign is invited to email wantageclerk@btconnect.com

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9:06am Wed 2 Jul 14

Gunslinger says...

Misleading headline.

There are not 'plans' to turn it into a car park, some people in Wantage would like it to be. The 'plans' such as they are are for conversion to old peoples' accommodation.

I have no particulat views one way or the other, however the Herald/OM might at least try to report it accurately.
Misleading headline. There are not 'plans' to turn it into a car park, some people in Wantage would like it to be. The 'plans' such as they are are for conversion to old peoples' accommodation. I have no particulat views one way or the other, however the Herald/OM might at least try to report it accurately. Gunslinger
  • Score: 9

9:03am Thu 3 Jul 14

brucklay227 says...

No point in have yet more tacky retail. We have enough hairdresser's salons, charity shops and supermarket space without having still more of the same old rubbish. Wantage has become a bit of a dump lets face it.
No point in have yet more tacky retail. We have enough hairdresser's salons, charity shops and supermarket space without having still more of the same old rubbish. Wantage has become a bit of a dump lets face it. brucklay227
  • Score: 6

11:03am Wed 9 Jul 14

oxinkytext says...

Agree with Gunslinger the headline is completely misleading. The plans that exist are for accommodation for the elderly. This car park thing is just an idea. Can we please get some decent local reporting.
Agree with Gunslinger the headline is completely misleading. The plans that exist are for accommodation for the elderly. This car park thing is just an idea. Can we please get some decent local reporting. oxinkytext
  • Score: 4

8:09am Thu 17 Jul 14

## Nonny Mouse ## says...

2 things you can be sure there will be more and more of in our lifetimes: Cars & OAP's.

So, either solution is necessary.
2 things you can be sure there will be more and more of in our lifetimes: Cars & OAP's. So, either solution is necessary. ## Nonny Mouse ##
  • Score: 0

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