SPARK – Save the Park and Ride Kampaign
In a bid to prevent the proposed ‘mothballing’ of the Groundwell Park and Ride scheme by Swindon Borough Council, commuters have united to form action group SPARK (Save Park And Ride Kampaign).
SPARK members have been busy harnessing support from regular users of the service by circulating petitions on the buses and amongst work colleagues who use the service regularly. Since starting the petition less than two weeks ago, SPARK has already collected nearly eight hundred signatures from commuters, and is still counting. The action group is also encouraging as many people as possible to write to Leader of the Council Rod Bluh and their local councillor to voice their objections to the scheme.
Founder of SPARK and spokesperson, Lindsay Cathcart commented, “The support we have received from people using the service has been fantastic. Everyone is concerned about the impact of this proposal on traffic, congestion and the environment. There is also a lot of anger about the lack of consultation and the Council’s failure to listen to the views of Swindon residents. We are determined to lobby the Council on their behalf to ensure their voices are heard”.
Since forming the action group, SPARK has also enlisted the support of Shadow Transport Spokesperson, Councillor Derique Montaut to help lobby Swindon Borough Council.
Montaut said “Swindon’s five year transport plan requires adequate provision of Park and Ride facilities to help discourage people from driving into the centre of Swindon. The proposal to ‘mothball’ the scheme sees the Council reneging on this commitment. I am delighted to be working with SPARK to try to help prevent the closure of the Scheme.”
SPARK is also delighted to have secured the support of Michael Wills, MP for North Swindon. Commenting on the proposal, Mr Wills said, “I share SPARK’s concerns about the Council’s proposal and believe it is very short sighted, bad for the environment and bad for Swindon. I have made the Leader of the Council aware of my opposition and am now calling on the Council to reconsider.”
As well as enlisting political support, SPARK also plans to work closely with environmental lobby group, Swindon Climate Action Network (SCAN).
Anyone wishing to get involved in the campaign should contact email@example.com