Parking problems at forefront of concerns over Dyson expansion in Malmesbury

This Is Wiltshire: The Dyson exhibition drew crowds of interested townspeople The Dyson exhibition drew crowds of interested townspeople

Parking problems and congestion continue to plague Dyson and its plans for expansion - but temporary proposals for a 200 space car park are hoped to alleviate immediate problems by the end of this week.

Residents gathered in their droves for Dyson’s exhibition of its draft plans at Malmesbury Town Hall yesterday to learn more about the company’s proposed £250m expansion in the town, which is expected to create hundreds of jobs over the next year.

Concerns about the number of cars on the road as a result of the increased employment, the lack of parking and the road infrastructure still appear to be at the forefront of many people’s concerns.

Although many are in favour of the expansion, residents such as Debbie and Bob Charman who live in Tetbury Hill Gardens still feel concerned that the current congestion on the roads will only worsen with the development that promises 700 new engineers in phase one, and potentially 3,000 in total thereafter.

“The main concern in there (the exhibition) seemed to be the congestion on the roads,” Mr Charman said.

“The existing car parking is for 700, then they are going to double that to more than 2,000 and yet the solution to the congestion seems to be a roundabout and traffic lights.

“Early in the morning Tetbuy Hill is quite hard to get out of.

“Tetbury Hill between 9.15am and 9.45am is an accident waiting to happen.”

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10:26am Tue 4 Feb 14

brookend ratty says...

Surely there was more concern than this? An additional 600 jobs will generate the need for additional housing (in any sensible strategic planning policy) If Malmesbury wants to stay the same little town it has been, it can't support huge housing expansion. On the other hand this is a great opportunity for Malmesbury to change and grow. Just as in C11 the Abbey was a centre of learning, so in C21 the town can be a centre for technological research. Plan properly, build not just new houses but a completed bypass and, most importantly, and alternative community/shopping centre. Then Old Malmesbury can become pedestrianised and a desireable up market and tourist destination which looks more like it would have looked like during its historic past.
Surely there was more concern than this? An additional 600 jobs will generate the need for additional housing (in any sensible strategic planning policy) If Malmesbury wants to stay the same little town it has been, it can't support huge housing expansion. On the other hand this is a great opportunity for Malmesbury to change and grow. Just as in C11 the Abbey was a centre of learning, so in C21 the town can be a centre for technological research. Plan properly, build not just new houses but a completed bypass and, most importantly, and alternative community/shopping centre. Then Old Malmesbury can become pedestrianised and a desireable up market and tourist destination which looks more like it would have looked like during its historic past. brookend ratty

2:17pm Tue 4 Feb 14

kimcrawley says...

New housing and infrastructure will have to be provided if 700 engineer jobs are to be created.
However I do not think there are 700 engineers kicking their heels in the surrounding area at the moment. Dyson himself constantly bemoans the fact that he can not recruit skilled engineers.
Quite how the young unemployed will benefit from this is not clear, car washing or cleaning perhaps. Or is Dyson up to his old tricks again?
Long term he is proposing to have more R&D staff than British Aerospace,
is he building the next Airbus?
New housing and infrastructure will have to be provided if 700 engineer jobs are to be created. However I do not think there are 700 engineers kicking their heels in the surrounding area at the moment. Dyson himself constantly bemoans the fact that he can not recruit skilled engineers. Quite how the young unemployed will benefit from this is not clear, car washing or cleaning perhaps. Or is Dyson up to his old tricks again? Long term he is proposing to have more R&D staff than British Aerospace, is he building the next Airbus? kimcrawley

11:09pm Tue 4 Feb 14

kimcrawley says...

Could your intrepid reporter explain where hundreds of engineer jobs have disappeared to since her last piece of incisive, investigative journalism.
Or do you just report any old rubbish that Dyson's PR people give you?
Could your intrepid reporter explain where hundreds of engineer jobs have disappeared to since her last piece of incisive, investigative journalism. Or do you just report any old rubbish that Dyson's PR people give you? kimcrawley

8:45am Thu 6 Feb 14

wiltshireborne says...

“Tetbury Hill between 9.15am and 9.45am is an accident waiting to happen.”

I don't see why. Most at Dyson start at 9:00am.
“Tetbury Hill between 9.15am and 9.45am is an accident waiting to happen.” I don't see why. Most at Dyson start at 9:00am. wiltshireborne

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