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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Former pub could be solution to Cumbrian town's parking problems

Plans to redevelop a pub could be the key to solving a town’s parking problems.

Brampton pub photo
Brampton’s former Ye Olde Scotch Arms

Carlisle City Council is looking at a proposal for land at Ye Olde Scotch Arms in Brampton, which could result in more than 30 new parking spaces being made available.

And the developer, who is converting the former pub into a business premises, has said these could be used for a new public car park.

Toby Noble said: “We would be open to offers.”

He added that he had been contacted by Brampton parish council on the subject and he believes they have taken the issue to the city council.

“Until the parish council and city council speak to us the car park area will be left the way it is,” he said.

Mr Noble didn’t reveal the exact number of spaces it would have but did say there would be “in excess of 30”.

The former pub is a grade II listed building and was put on the market in 2010. The building is believed to date back to the 18th century and has been extended and altered several times.

Mr Noble’s plans, if approved, would see one of these extensions demolished. The application he has submitted says this would restore the building’s “original footprint”.

Mr Noble did not say what the building could be used for in the future and was keen to point out that discussions are at a very early stage.

Brampton has only one public car park which is at Showfield, off Gelt Road.

People can also park in parts of Front Street for a limited period of time, currently two hours.

Parking is often given as one of the town’s biggest problems and the town’s parish council has looked at various ways to address the situation.

Parish council chairman David Moorat said: “I went to see him because I think here is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Brampton to solve its car parking problem.”

Mr Moorat added that he had found Mr Noble willing to “debate and discuss” the idea. “I did mention to Mr Noble that he would be the darling of Brampton town and community if he were to do as George Howard [a 19th-century Earl of Carlisle, who left the Moot Hall to the town] did and donate this piece of ground to Brampton in order to solve its parking problems.”

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