MP welcomes prison car park scheme

Dorset Echo: MP welcomes prison car park scheme MP welcomes prison car park scheme

WEST DORSET MP Oliver Letwin hailed the move to open up Dorchester Prison’s car park to businesses and local residents as a victory for common sense.

The Dorchester BID (Business Improvement District) announced this week that it had successfully negotiated the temporary use of the former county town jail’s car park with the Ministry of Justice.

Project director for the BID Phil Gordon said that early interest in the scheme had been ‘phenomenal’.

The car park will be operated on a dual use basis with anyone working in the town able to buy business permits allowing them to use the car park between 8.30am and 6pm.

Residents who live close to the prison site will also be able to apply for free overnight permits that are valid from 6pm to 8.30am.

Mr Letwin, who was involved in the negotiations between the BID and the Ministry of Justice, said he welcome the news that an agreement had been reached to make use of the site while a buyer is sought for the prison, which closed its doors for the final time in October last year.

He said: “It’s an amazing case of common sense breaking out.

“I never thought it was going to be possible to persuade anyone to let the car park be used while the prison sale process was underway but through Phil’s persistence and a bit of arm twisting we have got there.”

Mr Gordon said that after the scheme was announced on Wednesday evening he spent much of yesterday going through emails from residents, employees in the town and business owners in Dorchester who were interested in taking up permits.

He said the scheme would help free up more spaces in the town centre car parks to make it easier for people to park when they come in to Dorchester to visit its shops and businesses.

Mr Gordon said: “There are going to be 40 extra spaces in town for visitors to the town, shoppers and customers who would otherwise be circling round looking for spaces.”

Scott Duncan from Medusa said that he felt making use of the car park would go some way to addressing car parking issues in the town.

He said: “This is great to have these extra spaces, it’s going to alleviate some of the problems we have got.”

Mr Gordon said that there were still permits available, particularly on the residential side, and urged anyone interested to email the Dorchester BID at info@dorchesterdorset.co.uk

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3:07pm Fri 11 Jul 14

cosmick says...

Maybe he and his goverment can shut all the prisons country wide and solve the parking problems countrywide. I think O/L is on the election run.
Maybe he and his goverment can shut all the prisons country wide and solve the parking problems countrywide. I think O/L is on the election run. cosmick
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5:07pm Fri 11 Jul 14

macca18 says...

WOW 40 temporary parking spaces
WOW 40 temporary parking spaces macca18
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5:18pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Hunter4 says...

Your just such a hero Oliver!, lets just forget you and your goverment were reponsible for closing Dorchester prison and losing the county town 200 jobs. Lets just look at the positives....40 car parking spaces, absolutely amazing!
Your just such a hero Oliver!, lets just forget you and your goverment were reponsible for closing Dorchester prison and losing the county town 200 jobs. Lets just look at the positives....40 car parking spaces, absolutely amazing! Hunter4
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5:42pm Fri 11 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

macca18 wrote:
WOW 40 temporary parking spaces
Dorchester prison car park.
Very considerate,plenty of room close to the town centre and close to a place that will make them feel at home....Just right for a traveller camp.
[quote][p][bold]macca18[/bold] wrote: WOW 40 temporary parking spaces[/p][/quote]Dorchester prison car park. Very considerate,plenty of room close to the town centre and close to a place that will make them feel at home....Just right for a traveller camp. burgerboy
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10:11pm Fri 11 Jul 14

westbaywonder says...

Wheres all the heroes from the other night,who were so fast to get on here and state what a brilliant thing it was and how it would help everyone in the town.
Where are you all tonight?
40 car park spaces,i shall get on my knees and give thanks to the powers that be! LOL!!
Wheres all the heroes from the other night,who were so fast to get on here and state what a brilliant thing it was and how it would help everyone in the town. Where are you all tonight? 40 car park spaces,i shall get on my knees and give thanks to the powers that be! LOL!! westbaywonder
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