Residents near Cheltenham Spa station worried about new car park
RESIDENTS next to Cheltenham Spa station say if it is expanded, they will not be able to sleep.
They are not blaming the trains that pass through, but the new car park, which would be closer to their homes and would have bright lights that could shine into their bedrooms.
Ambitious plans by the Cheltenham Development Task Force to revamp the train station have been given a £3.3million award by the county's Local Transport Board.
As well as two new platforms, the station would see passenger facilities updated to meet with 21st-century demands, with new shops, cycle options and a purpose-built taxi rank and bus interchange. Parking at the station would be expanded with a car park on stilts with enough space for about 400 cars.
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Residents living in nearby Kensington Avenue, which faces the station, said lights from the new car park would "intrude" into their street.
The road is currently separated from the station by a small plot of greenery, but this would go under the proposals.
Paul Benjamin, 40, who lives on the street, said: "People don't realise what a lovely patch of green area it is, and we will be losing hundreds of trees if they decide to put a car park there. It's quiet around here, and I am not sure there is huge demand for car parking spaces at the station. It's something that requires proper consultation, and we need to think about the lights shining into the houses as well."
Resident Simon Higgs, 40, said he might not buy a home in the area if the development went ahead. He said: "The traffic in Queen's Road is already quite bad, and if that gets worse, it might stop us from buying a house in this road."
Nancy Parry, 91, said the car park was necessary if they were to improve the station. She said: "A lot of people who drive to the station just take up the free parking space in this road, and very often the station is full. We need to ensure there are more spaces for cars."