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Stratford Bikers Could Get A New Home

Motorcyclists who converge on Stratford every weekend could soon find themselves being moved to a new home.

District and county councillors have been looking at various options for building a new motorcycle park in the town.

The problem was first raised several years ago when concern was expressed at the number of bikers parking illegally in Waterside.

This was solved with the creation of an area where motorcycles could be parked in the street, following consultation with police and motorcycle representatives.

But the town has now become a victim of its own success, and demand has grown for spaces in the town centre.

Options about the possible location of a new home for the motorcyclists have been considered by Warwickshire County Council, and are due to be discussed next week by district councillors in Stratford.

They are:

  • Land on the Unicorn meadow car park next to the Bridgeway

  • The area in front of the Moathouse Hotel at the junction of Bridgefoot and Bridgeway

  • Using another section of Waterside

  • Giving over some or all of the Unicorn Meadow car park

A report complied by Paul Ogden at Stratford District Council said the scheme would only work if the correct was location was chosen, as the motorcyclists liked to be able to show off their machines to the public.

The report said:

“The proposals would have a permanent and potentially detrimental impact on this approach to the town.

“It is the main pedestrian route from the main visitor car and coach parks, which together provide 1,260 car spaces and 70 coach spaces.

“The safety pf pedestrians and motorcyclists accessing and leaving the schemes remains of concern.

“Proposals for a charge are likely to be on a voluntary basis as without appropriate barriers a pay and display system would be required which is not practical for motorcycles.”

The report to the Avon Area Committee added that if the Unicorn Meadow car park option is followed – which would free up the largest amount of space – it could cost the council up to £25,000 a year in lost income.

Councillors are being asked to choose an option, suggest an alternative, or reject all the plans.

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