Two Salisbury car parks could be lost under transformation plan

Two Salisbury car parks could be lost under transformation plan

Published by Mike Draper at 1:18pm 29th January 2020. (Updated at 2:19pm 29th January 2020)

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The recommendations are in an important document to help shape the future of the city.

The Central Area Framework (CAF) sets out key actions and  initiatives to help make Salisbury a "more vibrant, attractive and sustainable place."

It brings together the vision for the city's long-term recovery in the wake of the Novichok attacks in 2018.


Well there's no surprise to see the controversial issue of parking playing a key role.

CAF says that park and ride is underused and more must be done to encourage to people to use it through extending the operating hours.

Reducing traffic in the city centre is key and that could be achieved by having 'fewer, better signposted car parks.'

The focus would be on the Maltings, a larger car par park is already proposed there as part of the development, but also improving the currently underused Culver Street.

Culver Street car park (Mike Draper)
Ideas for Culver Street include improving the entrance, lighting and general environment.

After improvements are made at Culver Street, the recommendation is to look at redeveloping Brown Street and Salt Lane car parks.


A review of car parks would be needed by Wiltshire Council but the idea would be to close Brown Street and partially close Salt Lane.

The plan suggests that would enable those sites to come forward for redevelopment, bringing potential benefits of:

  • 500 homes and 1500m2 of commercial floorspace
  • Improvements in air quality due to reducing traffic in city centre
Salt Lane Brown Street CAF documentJPG


On-street parking within the central area could be reduced to "enable the delivery of more people-friendly streets".

The plan suggests creating a 'street hierarchy 'where some roads would be fully pedestrianised, banning all traffic, while others would still allow traffic but prioritise those on foot.


Steps are needed to revamp the city's "grubby and unloved" train station.

That could be achieved by building a new multi-storey car park, improving the station forecourt and creating a public plaza there.

Salisbury Train Station 1 (Faye Marsh)
Call for improved facilities and parking at the city's station


More is needed to make the 'key gateway' to the city more attractive.

It suggest improving the appearance of buildings and focusing on the artisan and independent traders there along with giving opportunities for pop up traders.

Fisherton Street ( HEN) jpg
The framework recommends making Fisherton Street more attractive

Improving traffic circulation at the mini roundabout, making it less daunting for cyclists and pedestrians is also recommended.


The CAF recommends Wiltshire Council upgrades and improves the pedestrian underpasses and bridges across the A36, with lighting and public art.

It suggests focusing on several areas for those walking and cycling including:

  • Between the station and the central area, alongside Fisherton Street;
  • Between Wiltshire College and the central area;
  • Culver Street car park to Market Place;
  • Market Place to the Arts Centre; 


The framework also suggests focusing on the nine different areas of Salisbury and making the most of them.

It stresses that will "not only help people to find their way around the city but create marketing opportunities for local businesses and promote the city’s heritage and shops."

City quarters CAF document


The CAF provides an umbrella strategy which will influence future projects and initiatives

It's based on partnership and consensus from lots of different stakeholders and its recommendations have also been informed by the views of the people of Salisbury.

Wiltshire Council along with its partner organisations - Salisbury City Council, Salisbury Business Improvement District (Salisbury BID), the Cathedral, Wiltshire College & University Centre and Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership - have endorsed the plan.

They've formed the Future Salisbury Place Board to deliver the recommendations.

You can find out about more about exactly what is in the CAF document on Wiltshire Council's website, you can also put your views forward until the 28th February.

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