Land purchase could solve parking problems near Witham train station

Braintree and Witham Times: Land purchase could solve parking problems near Witham train station Land purchase could solve parking problems near Witham train station

Parking problems near Witham train station could be eased after a council agreed to purchase land to create 60 new spaces.

At a Braintree Council meeting on December 16, councillors approved a proposal to buy Eckard House, which adjoins the existing station car park in Easton Road.

The council aims to have the car park open for commuters by November.

Speaking at the meeting, David Bebb, Braintree Council cabinet member for performance, said: “Witham railway station is chronically underprovided with parking spaces.

“At rush hour times it is quite chaotic. We have got an opportunity to resolve this situation by purchasing Eckard House, which is adjacent to the station and very convenient for parking for commuters.

“Accquisition terms have now been agreed with the vendor.

“I believe it makes sound economic sense and will be a very worthwhile investment of council money.”

Braintree Council hopes to complete the purchase and submit a formal planning application by the end of this month.

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10:47am Thu 2 Jan 14

keith_l says...

This is too small in increase to be of any use - counting the spaces in Google Earth suggests that there are currently about 400, so a 15% increase won't even scratch the surface of what is needed to prevent overflow parking in neighbouring residential areas.

In addition, the current access is wholly inadequate. Even with the existing spaces, surely some use could be made of the fact that the Eastern edge of the car park borders Station Road, off Avenue Road - how about a one-way system with access via Easton Road and Exit via Station Road?
This is too small in increase to be of any use - counting the spaces in Google Earth suggests that there are currently about 400, so a 15% increase won't even scratch the surface of what is needed to prevent overflow parking in neighbouring residential areas. In addition, the current access is wholly inadequate. Even with the existing spaces, surely some use could be made of the fact that the Eastern edge of the car park borders Station Road, off Avenue Road - how about a one-way system with access via Easton Road and Exit via Station Road? keith_l

9:27am Fri 3 Jan 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

I’m afraid that we have some rather ‘poor quality journalism’ clouding the issue here.

As keith_l so rightly points out, the provision of an additional 60 car parking spaces will only introduce about a 15 per cent increase in current capacity.

Unfortunately the news article headline states that the ‘Land purchase could solve parking problems near Witham train station’. It is abundantly clear that it whilst it will nevertheless ease the problem somewhat, it will in no way provide a solution – unless of course there are secret plans for a multi-story facility on the site not yet in the public domain.

A seven story monolithic monstrosity would provide a 100 per cent improvement. Food for thought eh? (How would that suit you Bhudeeka?)

Indeed there is an unfortunate contradictory dichotomy running throughout the report, as there are references to the problem being both ‘solved’ and ‘eased’. Two entirely different things!

The veracity of the report is not particularly helped by the reference to Braintree Council Cabinet Member David Bebb apparently having said that the purchase of Eckard House was an opportunity to resolve the situation. The minutes of Braintree District Council Meeting held on 9th December 2013 clearly record that the reason for purchasing Eckard House was to ‘facilitate additional commuter car parking in Witham’ - not resolve the situation.
I’m afraid that we have some rather ‘poor quality journalism’ clouding the issue here. As keith_l so rightly points out, the provision of an additional 60 car parking spaces will only introduce about a 15 per cent increase in current capacity. Unfortunately the news article headline states that the ‘Land purchase could solve parking problems near Witham train station’. It is abundantly clear that it whilst it will nevertheless ease the problem somewhat, it will in no way provide a solution – unless of course there are secret plans for a multi-story facility on the site not yet in the public domain. A seven story monolithic monstrosity would provide a 100 per cent improvement. Food for thought eh? (How would that suit you Bhudeeka?) Indeed there is an unfortunate contradictory dichotomy running throughout the report, as there are references to the problem being both ‘solved’ and ‘eased’. Two entirely different things! The veracity of the report is not particularly helped by the reference to Braintree Council Cabinet Member David Bebb apparently having said that the purchase of Eckard House was an opportunity to resolve the situation. The minutes of Braintree District Council Meeting held on 9th December 2013 clearly record that the reason for purchasing Eckard House was to ‘facilitate additional commuter car parking in Witham’ - not resolve the situation. OMPITA [Intl]

10:19am Sat 4 Jan 14

louisalouisa says...

About time somthing was done, it's well over due. Then prehaps there will be less parking on side streets...
About time somthing was done, it's well over due. Then prehaps there will be less parking on side streets... louisalouisa

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