Yate park and ride is coming
YATE'S long-promised park and ride has moved a big step closer to becoming reality.
A planning application for a 200-space car park, next to the South Gloucestershire Council offices in Badminton Road, is set to be submitted this month.
Council leader Toby Savage announced £3.5million of West of England Combined Authority money for the scheme last June, with a further £250,000 approved by the council's cabinet to fund initial preparation work.
But the news that the planning application is on its way means the scheme is "finally becoming a reality", according to Thornbury & Yate MP Luke Hall, who wrote of the latest development in his monthly message to Voice readers.
He said: "Over recent weeks, preparations to finalise the project have been carrying on in the background as the lockdown begins to lift. We have now agreed the location and secured the funding."
A spokesperson for the council's ruling Conservative cabinet confirmed that the location would be the site next to the authority's offices by the A432, opposite the roundabout junction with Culvert Avenue.
A council spokesperson added: “We aim to submit the formal planning application in August and the public will get an opportunity to see the detailed plans and contribute to the planning process at that point.
"Ahead of this we have kept stakeholders, including local councillors and Yate Town Council, updated on the proposals. We met with them this week to hear their initial feedback on our plans and look forward to the next phase of the process beginning.”
The park and ride was included on a list to be built in the region's Joint Local Transport Plan, published in January.
And a taskforce set up by the council's scrutiny commission, which spent months assessing current transport problems in the town, recommended earlier this year that a
second park-and-ride site should be considered on the opposite side of the town centre, to the north or east of the town.
The development comes as the council unveiled plans to install two electric charging points in Yate Shopping Centre's West car park.
They are part of a network of 14 charging stations across the district funded by the Go Ultra Low West programme, due to be installed by next March.