40 new car parking spaces coming to Dorchester

40 new car parking spaces coming to Dorchester

40 new car parking spaces coming to Dorchester

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THE DORCHESTER BID (Business Improvement District) has managed to secure 40 new parking spaces for the town after striking a deal for the temporary use of the old county town prison car park.

After months of negotiations since Dorchester Prison closed its doors last year, the BID has reached an agreement with the Ministry of Justice for a dual use scheme for the car park while new owners are sought.

The new initiative, which was announced at an open BID meeting tonight, will see business permits offered to people who work in the town that can be used between 8.30am and 6pm.

The BID will also issue local residents who live close to the prison free overnight permits that can be used between 6pm and 8.30am.

Project director for the Dorchester BID Phil Gordon said: “With around 40 spaces, this would make a real difference to a good number of businesses in the town.

“Several residents in the area have told us that they sometimes struggle to find a space to park outside their home so I really hope this will put a smile on their faces too.”

Mr Gordon said he wanted to thank West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin for his support for the scheme, as well as the Ministry of Justice, West Dorset District Council and Mitie Security.

For information about the use of the car park and applying for permits email info@dorchesterdorset.co.uk

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7:41pm Wed 9 Jul 14

mr commonsense says...

Amazing and well done. Strange how DCC and WDDC never thought of this but then they are not really interested in the prosperity of the town.
Now we await the parking provisions for phase 2 of Charles Street.
Amazing and well done. Strange how DCC and WDDC never thought of this but then they are not really interested in the prosperity of the town. Now we await the parking provisions for phase 2 of Charles Street. mr commonsense
  • Score: 2

7:47pm Wed 9 Jul 14

CoogarUK.com says...

Something good from DBID at last.
Something good from DBID at last. CoogarUK.com
  • Score: 4

7:52pm Wed 9 Jul 14

MrTomSmith says...

"Months of Negotiations"! Give me a break.
"Months of Negotiations"! Give me a break. MrTomSmith
  • Score: -3

2:03am Thu 10 Jul 14

westbaywonder says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
Something good from DBID at last.
Nothing good here, just 40 new cash cows.
As usual "Look what we have done for you citizens" mania has already hit some citizens on here,
Free overnight, hmm very good until something happens preventing you getting to the car next morning, Sure enough, nice plastic bag will be stuck to your screen,so fast and hard,like sh** to a blanket.
Time to free the citizens/ FREE PARKING FOR EVERYONE!!!
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: Something good from DBID at last.[/p][/quote]Nothing good here, just 40 new cash cows. As usual "Look what we have done for you citizens" mania has already hit some citizens on here, Free overnight, hmm very good until something happens preventing you getting to the car next morning, Sure enough, nice plastic bag will be stuck to your screen,so fast and hard,like sh** to a blanket. Time to free the citizens/ FREE PARKING FOR EVERYONE!!! westbaywonder
  • Score: -9

6:52am Thu 10 Jul 14

JamesYoung says...

westbaywonder wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
Something good from DBID at last.
Nothing good here, just 40 new cash cows.
As usual "Look what we have done for you citizens" mania has already hit some citizens on here,
Free overnight, hmm very good until something happens preventing you getting to the car next morning, Sure enough, nice plastic bag will be stuck to your screen,so fast and hard,like sh** to a blanket.
Time to free the citizens/ FREE PARKING FOR EVERYONE!!!
......and higher council tax for all!!!!
[quote][p][bold]westbaywonder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: Something good from DBID at last.[/p][/quote]Nothing good here, just 40 new cash cows. As usual "Look what we have done for you citizens" mania has already hit some citizens on here, Free overnight, hmm very good until something happens preventing you getting to the car next morning, Sure enough, nice plastic bag will be stuck to your screen,so fast and hard,like sh** to a blanket. Time to free the citizens/ FREE PARKING FOR EVERYONE!!![/p][/quote]......and higher council tax for all!!!! JamesYoung
  • Score: -7

8:50am Thu 10 Jul 14

JamesYoung says...

JamesYoung wrote:
westbaywonder wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
Something good from DBID at last.
Nothing good here, just 40 new cash cows.
As usual "Look what we have done for you citizens" mania has already hit some citizens on here,
Free overnight, hmm very good until something happens preventing you getting to the car next morning, Sure enough, nice plastic bag will be stuck to your screen,so fast and hard,like sh** to a blanket.
Time to free the citizens/ FREE PARKING FOR EVERYONE!!!
......and higher council tax for all!!!!
You can dislike the comment, but where do you think the council will make up the shortfall in revenue from?
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westbaywonder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: Something good from DBID at last.[/p][/quote]Nothing good here, just 40 new cash cows. As usual "Look what we have done for you citizens" mania has already hit some citizens on here, Free overnight, hmm very good until something happens preventing you getting to the car next morning, Sure enough, nice plastic bag will be stuck to your screen,so fast and hard,like sh** to a blanket. Time to free the citizens/ FREE PARKING FOR EVERYONE!!![/p][/quote]......and higher council tax for all!!!![/p][/quote]You can dislike the comment, but where do you think the council will make up the shortfall in revenue from? JamesYoung
  • Score: -4

12:51pm Thu 10 Jul 14

elloello1980 says...

bestest news for like forever, yaaaaaaaaaay!

Encouraging more cars into the town centre, somewhat goes against the mission of wanting less cars in town centres...
bestest news for like forever, yaaaaaaaaaay! Encouraging more cars into the town centre, somewhat goes against the mission of wanting less cars in town centres... elloello1980
  • Score: 2

2:58pm Thu 10 Jul 14

fairbuttfirm says...

Nice to see the usual predictable negative comments on a story that is good news for residents and businesses in town - You folks never seem to have a good word about anyone or anything do you!?
points: How is this car park going to cause a loss of revenue to the council? Its not owned by the council
Its been a closed dust ball for the last few months, is that how you would prefer to see it?
Anything the town can do to make it less likely that someone coming to visit the town (especially on a Wed morning) has 40 better changes to park as a result surely has to be a good thing.
Parking for free is a great idea until you discover half the spaces are filled all day by people working in town, plus then the council really would have a hole in their budget to fill with, no doubt other cuts to claw back money
Nice to see the usual predictable negative comments on a story that is good news for residents and businesses in town - You folks never seem to have a good word about anyone or anything do you!? points: How is this car park going to cause a loss of revenue to the council? Its not owned by the council Its been a closed dust ball for the last few months, is that how you would prefer to see it? Anything the town can do to make it less likely that someone coming to visit the town (especially on a Wed morning) has 40 better changes to park as a result surely has to be a good thing. Parking for free is a great idea until you discover half the spaces are filled all day by people working in town, plus then the council really would have a hole in their budget to fill with, no doubt other cuts to claw back money fairbuttfirm
  • Score: 1

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