Gloucester city centre 'bombsite' could become car park
A CITY centre "bombsite" could be transformed into a car park with 139 spaces.
A planning application has been made by Gloucester City Council to build a temporary car park on the Barbican site, off Ladybellegate Street.
The site was last in use when the city council and county court staff used it, up until May 2008.
Brad Faulks, surveyor and valuer for the council, said: "The proposed interim use for parking would achieve a number of key objectives.
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"It would bring the site into active use, it would lead to the significant enhancement of the appearance of what is currently a rather depressing 'bombsite'.
"It would provide valuable parking facilities to serve the needs of businesses, shoppers, tourists and visitors."
The nearby Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum has supported the proposal, feeling it will provide much needed additional parking in the city centre.
A spokesman said: "This is particularly welcome given Ecclesiastical Group's recently confirmed plans to redevelop the main Docks car park site at Southgate Moorings."
Around 200 parking spaces will be lost when Southgate Moorings is developed for new headquarters for the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. This could be as early as next year.
Gloucester Civic Trust has had its say too. While it admits to wanting to see a complete overhaul of the site, it is happy to see it brought back into some kind of use.
A spokesman said: "The panel regrets that Gloucester's greatest eyesore remains but reluctantly accepts its temporary use as a car park."
Vehicle access will be from Ladybellegate Street.