New BAE car park sparks time row

THE issue of shipyard car parking on Barrow Island has left Barrow Council and BAe Systems at loggerheads.

Barrow Borough Council planners have suggested the company is taking too long to provide staff car parking.

It follows a backdrop of complaints on Barrow Island where residents have complained of spaces being occupied all day by cars belonging to staff.

A planning application for a massive new car park for Barrow Island goes before the council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

The plan is for a 746-space car park on land at Dova Way, opposite Resolution House, on part of the Waterfront Business Park.

Landowners Cumbria County Council have agreed to lease nearly two hectares to the shipyard so it can be used as a temporary staff car park.

Workers would leave their cars there and catch a shuttle bus to work.

The county council applied for the temporary car park to stay for three years but Barrow Borough Council says it should only need  18 months.

County council representatives have asked planners to give it two years at the least but planning officers want the site free of cars from May 2020.

The council also wants any bus shelters, lights, barriers or turnstiles off-site by July 2020.

A council report to go before the planning committee said: “It is important that BAe gathers some improved degree of momentum in delivering finished car parks.”

“I consider that allowing three years consent is excessive. I am also aware of  the slow delive....

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