PLANS to take away a city centre automotive park and exchange it with a multi-million pound housing improvement have been slammed by consumers.
Builders utilized for planning permission in 2020 to construct greater than 50 properties on the positioning of the previous automotive park off St George’s Row and Bark Avenue, reverse the previous St Helena Mill web site.
It kinds a part of the £1bn Bolton City Centre Regeneration Plan to develop brownfield websites.
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Some individuals shared issues that this may lead to Bolton changing into a ‘ghost city’ for procuring, together with the excessive worth of parking.
Gene Watts stated: “Are they making an attempt to kill Bolton off?
“Already misplaced Bark Avenue multi-story carpark, and behind Blue Boar for parking no surprise Bolton’s like a ghost city for procuring.
Aftab Malek stated: “And the actual fact it prices an arm and a leg to park, coupled with visitors wardens able to pounce.”
Alpesh Patel echoed this, and stated: “Homes?
“They need to construct extra outlets.
“In any other case quickly the city shall be a dumping floor in the event that they stick with it.”
Others stated that different procuring centres had been impacting on Bolton, such because the Middlebrook Leisure and Retail Park.
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The automotive park has been closed for someday and council bosses have beforehand stated excessive streets, together with these in Bolton, want to vary as individuals’s procuring habits change to remain vibrant.
A council spokesperson stated: “Eradicating floor automotive parking and changing this with multi-storey automotive parking is a method Bolton Council have been pursuing for a few years, in partnership with NCP, and was included in Bolton’s 2017 City Centre Regeneration Plan.
“Bolton has three Multi-storey automotive parks at Deane Street, The Octagon, and Topp Means.
“These automotive parks in addition to Bolton Market, Blackhorse Avenue, Market Place, and Crompton Place, are usually not affected by improvement plans.
“There’s additionally a wealth of on-street parking, which means there may be greater than sufficient parking areas to accommodate the city centre’s future necessities – particularly when there’s a must encourage better use of public transport.”
One of many incentives behind the brand new developments, is to ship what the council has stated is ‘a lot wanted housing’, which can contribute to a busier city centre.
The council additionally stated that key retail developments are ongoing to additional enhance the economic system of the city centre.
They view the regeneration plan as a option to make Bolton a greater place to dwell, work and go to.