Marriotts Close Update
Lincoln-based Simons Developments has agreed to reschedule the start date for the Marriotts Close development in Witney following concerns from Witney town centre traders. Construction work on the main site on Welch Way will now begin in January 2008 with completion set for autumn 2009, this will mean the car park will remain open for the busy Christmas period.
Consultation between the District Council and the Witney Chamber of Trade and Commerce highlighted concerns from town centre traders about the possible impact of a major new scheme starting during the pre-Christmas trading period. The Council has taken note of this issue.
Cllr Verena Hunt, Cabinet Member for Economic Development said, "The Council has had a constructive dialogue with the Chamber over the proposed Marriotts Close development and we have been doing our best to address any concerns they have. We are therefore pleased that the start date of the main construction can be rescheduled to avoid the Christmas period."
However, work will still begin in the autumn on the new 250-space car park in Woodford Way which forms part of the Marriotts Close development. Parking facilities will also be available at Witney and Abingdon College for business and this will release spaces in the main car parks.
Lesley Semaine, Chair of Witney Chamber of Trade and Commerce said, "A post-Christmas start date is fantastic news and a real bonus. An October 2007 start, finishing Spring 2009, would cover two Christmas periods whereas a January 2008 start, finishing Autumn 2009, only covers one Christmas - this is a very important trading period for businesses and we really appreciate that our concerns have been listened to."
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