Members of East Cambridgeshire District Council responded to residents’ letters containing questions over the proposed housing development at Barton Road, Ely, at the full Council meeting on Thursday 7th January.
One of the concerns raised was over car parking. Currently, there are 192 public spaces at Barton Road, with an additional 19 that are private and five for coaches. If planning permission is given and work begins, the Council’s aim is to provide an additional 13 public spaces, taking the total number up to 205, meaning there would be more than are currently available for those travelling into the city for work, leisure or visits.
These extra spaces would be gained by removing all long stay coach parking at Barton Road, by reconfiguring car parking allocation around the site – making use of the adjacent depot land – and by releasing land leased to a private company.
To compensate for the loss of coach parking, one safe, short term drop off point (15 minute maximum stay) will be established within Barton Road car park. It is anticipated that those from surrounding villages, along with Kings School, will use this, as it is recognised as a vital drop off point. The two existing drop off points in the Gallery, which again have a 15 minute maximum stay, will continue to be accessible.
In terms of parking provision for coaches, the lay-by on Cambridge Road could be used. Secure sites on the outskirts of the city – recognised as being crucial to the long term success of encouraging travel companies to visit Ely – would also be sought.
The consultation period for this development has been extended to the 22nd January to allow more time for public engagement.