Grand Arcade, the new shopping centre proposed for the St Andrew’s Street area, was discussed at the July monthly meeting. As mentioned in the last Newsletter, the developers propose providing just 150 cycle parking spaces. This for 50 shops, a department store twice the size of the existing Robert Sayle, and numerous restaurants and café-bars. We have also discovered that all the new cycle parking will be in a single, sunken, location off Corn Exchange Street – at the corner of the shopping centre furthest away from the new Robert Sayle store.
Grand Arcade will be over 39,000 m2; and City Council parking standards require that shops have one cycle space for every 25 m2; gross floor area. Although I’m not sure whether we are comparing like with like, performing the obvious calculation gives a total of 1,580 cycle parking spaces!
The monthly meeting agreed that we should press for many more cycle parking spaces, and for them to be located at every entrance to the new centre. Although we do not oppose the scheme in principle, we will therefore be submitting a formal objection on the grounds of inadequate cycle parking.