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Newbury waves good-bye to town centre car park

NEWBURY has finally waved goodbye to a town centre car park as work to construct a new hotel starts – without any planned car parking spaces.

Work to build the new Premier Inn, next to the Travelodge on the corner of London Road and Park Way, was well under way this week.

Scheduled for completion this year, the 100-bedroom, part three-, part five-storey budget hotel will bring a second Premier Inn to Newbury.

This was after Premier Inn took over the former Hilton hotel, in Pinchington Lane last March, followed by a £10m refurbishment.

A third Premier Inn is in Midgham.

Premier Inn has said its new hotel in Park Way will support Newbury’s business and leisure economy.

This was supported in February last year by West Berkshire councillor Anthony Pick (Con, St John’s), who pointed out at a council meeting that Newbury had problems retaining businesses.

At the same meeting, councillor Jeff Beck said: “The situation is that Parkway car park is already at times full.

“Please don’t go away with the idea that parking isn’t a problem. It is a problem.” 

Meanwhile, members of neighbouring bstFitness, who previously had access to the public car park site, have seen the club’s facilities reduced to a smaller car park, for club members’ use only.

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  • grumpy

    27/02/2017 - 16:04

    I wouldn't stay in a hotel without proper parking, where are the staff meant to park ?? Stupid :-(

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  • Bombey

    27/02/2017 - 16:04

    most Premier Inns in town centres do not have parking. Nothing new here....

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  • paulGT11

    27/02/2017 - 14:02

    Social housing would have been a better use of the land. We don't need another hotel.

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    • NewburyLad

      01/03/2017 - 00:12

      We certainly don't need more social housing. Social housing houses the low tax or the zero tax paying persons, it most certainly does not house top rate tax payers. We do not need to encourage more takers than givers.

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      • Adama

        02/03/2017 - 19:07

        Eh? There is a huge demand for social housing, with well over a million people on waiting lists. As a result of the lack of provision of social housing and house-building initiatives, many vulnerable people and those with families are forced to privately rent, so are often living in unsuitable accommodation under insecure tenancies. Who are you to say this isn't a problem or that an overwhelming demand shouldn't be satisfied? The arrogance of your comment, coupled with the abject ignorance of housing-policy is astounding. At least try to attempt to grasp basic issues before you comment.

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      • Adama

        02/03/2017 - 19:07

        Eh? There is a huge demand for social housing, with well over a million people on waiting lists. As a result of the lack of provision of social housing and house-building initiatives, many vulnerable people and those with families are forced to privately rent, so are often living in unsuitable accommodation under insecure tenancies. Who are you to say this isn't a problem? The arrogance of your comment, coupled with the abject ignorance of housing-policy is astounding. At least try to attempt to grasp basic issues before you comment.

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  • DjDjDj

    27/02/2017 - 12:12

    This hotel is great news for Newbury however why on earth hasn't underground parking been considered?

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    • NoisyNortherner

      27/02/2017 - 13:01

      With the fiasco around Parkway causing the damage to Victoria Park and the bowling club, not to mention the subsequent legal wranglings around the hydrological survey, I'm not surprised the council is keen to avoid more trouble.

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