Condemned: Bow Street car park will be demolished over safety fears

This Is Lancashire: Bow Street car park is facing demolition Bow Street car park is facing demolition

A TOWN centre car park has been condemned — and will be demolished.

Bow Street car park was closed in April due to safety fears after inspectors found dangerous levels of deterioration in the structure.

Now, council bosses have confirmed the building will not re-open and will instead be knocked down.

In a joint statement from Bolton Council and NCP, which manages the car park, they said they had no choice but to knock down the complex as it was beyond repair.

It added: “Bow Street car park has now been closed permanently and will be demolished.

“The car park, which is owned by Bolton Council and was recently managed by NCP, was closed initially on April 11.

“Further assessments have now shown that the condition of the car park has deteriorated and is beyond economic repair.

“A contractor is now being sought for the demolition.

“Work is expected to take place in the coming months.

“The council would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to motorists who used the car park and NCP is seeking alternative arrangements for contract car park users who have been displaced.”

Bow Street car park first opened in the 1960s, and has around 700 spaces — including ‘Ladies’ Only spaces’, thought to be a unique scheme across Greater Manchester.

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7:51am Sat 7 Jun 14

Chrome1 says...

This news is just tragic on so many levels
This news is just tragic on so many levels Chrome1
  • Score: 44

9:31am Sat 7 Jun 14

JustBecause says...

Ladies only spaces..... WTF is all that about?
Ladies only spaces..... WTF is all that about? JustBecause
  • Score: 3

9:35am Sat 7 Jun 14

Anwar.A says...

'Ladies only' spaces???!!! I'm glad it's getting demolished.
'Ladies only' spaces???!!! I'm glad it's getting demolished. Anwar.A
  • Score: -6

9:41am Sat 7 Jun 14

soup153 says...

So we knocking down building with Ladies only areas. I have a long list where shall we start?
So we knocking down building with Ladies only areas. I have a long list where shall we start? soup153
  • Score: -6

9:48am Sat 7 Jun 14

waterbottle says...

No wonder the council never has any money, build and demolish
No wonder the council never has any money, build and demolish waterbottle
  • Score: 4

10:02am Sat 7 Jun 14

JustBecause says...

Wish I knew about the ladies only bit, I would have parked there just to see what the outcome would be, anyone know of anymore sexist rubbish like this in Bolton.
Wish I knew about the ladies only bit, I would have parked there just to see what the outcome would be, anyone know of anymore sexist rubbish like this in Bolton. JustBecause
  • Score: 2

10:10am Sat 7 Jun 14

breightmet kid says...

This building was erected by Bolton Council and like so many local authority structures the capital to build it was probably borrowed.

Is the building paid for, if not, how much is outstanding, and what will it cost to redeem any outstanding debt.

So we have another derelict plot of land. What will be built here, shops, more offices or more eateries? Or will it be new housing for our immigrant friends.
This building was erected by Bolton Council and like so many local authority structures the capital to build it was probably borrowed. Is the building paid for, if not, how much is outstanding, and what will it cost to redeem any outstanding debt. So we have another derelict plot of land. What will be built here, shops, more offices or more eateries? Or will it be new housing for our immigrant friends. breightmet kid
  • Score: 6

10:28am Sat 7 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

A horrible car park at it's best.

However an alternative response could be

" Further assessments have now shown that the condition of the TOWN CENTRE has deteriorated and is beyond economic repair."

“A contractor is now being sought for the demolition."

“Work is expected to take place in the coming months"

LOL - sorry couldn't resist..
A horrible car park at it's best. However an alternative response could be " Further assessments have now shown that the condition of the TOWN CENTRE has deteriorated and is beyond economic repair." “A contractor is now being sought for the demolition." “Work is expected to take place in the coming months" LOL - sorry couldn't resist.. Ernagy2
  • Score: 31

10:32am Sat 7 Jun 14

bluemeanie63 says...

No doubt it will be another empty space on town just like the bingo hall,old college on manchester road, and will be left derelict for years. Another eyesore in Bolton, that the council will wash their hands off, saying it's not our fault as usual
No doubt it will be another empty space on town just like the bingo hall,old college on manchester road, and will be left derelict for years. Another eyesore in Bolton, that the council will wash their hands off, saying it's not our fault as usual bluemeanie63
  • Score: 25

10:33am Sat 7 Jun 14

LordLeverhulme says...

Well who'd have thought that neglecting repairs on a structure for years and years would mean it will fall down?

So we'll have another boarded off square of rubble in the town centre now.
Well who'd have thought that neglecting repairs on a structure for years and years would mean it will fall down? So we'll have another boarded off square of rubble in the town centre now. LordLeverhulme
  • Score: 31

10:37am Sat 7 Jun 14

Phil from Smithills says...

The article says...."Bow Street car park first opened in the 1960s, and has around 700 spaces — including ‘Ladies’ Only spaces’, thought to be a unique scheme across Greater Manchester"

Built in the 60's., well Greater Manchester did NOT exist then, so it was Lancashire.
The article says...."Bow Street car park first opened in the 1960s, and has around 700 spaces — including ‘Ladies’ Only spaces’, thought to be a unique scheme across Greater Manchester" Built in the 60's., well Greater Manchester did NOT exist then, so it was Lancashire. Phil from Smithills
  • Score: 7

11:04am Sat 7 Jun 14

vicric87 says...

Me and my boyfriend parked on the ladies only spaces all the time. What sexist rubbish. Why should men have to drive all the way to the stop, past ladies only, disabled, permit holders, and parent and child?
I can't say I'll be sad to see it go but it will be slightly inconvenient. The parking rates were pretty low compared to other places.
Me and my boyfriend parked on the ladies only spaces all the time. What sexist rubbish. Why should men have to drive all the way to the stop, past ladies only, disabled, permit holders, and parent and child? I can't say I'll be sad to see it go but it will be slightly inconvenient. The parking rates were pretty low compared to other places. vicric87
  • Score: 3

11:23am Sat 7 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

Phil from Smithills wrote:
The article says...."Bow Street car park first opened in the 1960s, and has around 700 spaces — including ‘Ladies’ Only spaces’, thought to be a unique scheme across Greater Manchester"

Built in the 60's., well Greater Manchester did NOT exist then, so it was Lancashire.
Ladies spaces weren't there from the start. The scheme appeared later. I remember visiting the car park back in the 70's with my parents. There weren't any 'ladies' spaces then. The space between each bay though was always rather tight.

I won't miss this car park.

A chance to build another shopping centre perhaps? Maybe the bowling alley that some people want.
[quote][p][bold]Phil from Smithills[/bold] wrote: The article says...."Bow Street car park first opened in the 1960s, and has around 700 spaces — including ‘Ladies’ Only spaces’, thought to be a unique scheme across Greater Manchester" Built in the 60's., well Greater Manchester did NOT exist then, so it was Lancashire.[/p][/quote]Ladies spaces weren't there from the start. The scheme appeared later. I remember visiting the car park back in the 70's with my parents. There weren't any 'ladies' spaces then. The space between each bay though was always rather tight. I won't miss this car park. A chance to build another shopping centre perhaps? Maybe the bowling alley that some people want. Ernagy2
  • Score: 13

11:54am Sat 7 Jun 14

albertmodley says...

JustBecause wrote:
Ladies only spaces..... WTF is all that about?
Its to try and encourage them not to park in disabled spaces at supermarkets and health centres AND they are usually twice as big as normal spaces to assist with parking a car properly
[quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: Ladies only spaces..... WTF is all that about?[/p][/quote]Its to try and encourage them not to park in disabled spaces at supermarkets and health centres AND they are usually twice as big as normal spaces to assist with parking a car properly albertmodley
  • Score: 9

12:42pm Sat 7 Jun 14

FrusteratedCowYed says...

As with so many concrete structures built in 1960's it has reached the end of its life. Unfortunately we are now at the stage where a lot of these types of structures will be uneconomical to repair and so I suspect there could be more. I hope they can come up with a good use for the site despite the difficulties of the river running under it.
As with so many concrete structures built in 1960's it has reached the end of its life. Unfortunately we are now at the stage where a lot of these types of structures will be uneconomical to repair and so I suspect there could be more. I hope they can come up with a good use for the site despite the difficulties of the river running under it. FrusteratedCowYed
  • Score: 19

1:59pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Percy Thrower says...

FrusteratedCowYed wrote:
As with so many concrete structures built in 1960's it has reached the end of its life. Unfortunately we are now at the stage where a lot of these types of structures will be uneconomical to repair and so I suspect there could be more. I hope they can come up with a good use for the site despite the difficulties of the river running under it.
Another multi storey car park that needs demolishing in 20 years instead of 50 years.
[quote][p][bold]FrusteratedCowYed[/bold] wrote: As with so many concrete structures built in 1960's it has reached the end of its life. Unfortunately we are now at the stage where a lot of these types of structures will be uneconomical to repair and so I suspect there could be more. I hope they can come up with a good use for the site despite the difficulties of the river running under it.[/p][/quote]Another multi storey car park that needs demolishing in 20 years instead of 50 years. Percy Thrower
  • Score: 2

2:04pm Sat 7 Jun 14

oftbewildered2 says...

breightmet kid wrote:
This building was erected by Bolton Council and like so many local authority structures the capital to build it was probably borrowed.

Is the building paid for, if not, how much is outstanding, and what will it cost to redeem any outstanding debt.

So we have another derelict plot of land. What will be built here, shops, more offices or more eateries? Or will it be new housing for our immigrant friends.
I should hope it is paid for - it is close on 50 years old
[quote][p][bold]breightmet kid[/bold] wrote: This building was erected by Bolton Council and like so many local authority structures the capital to build it was probably borrowed. Is the building paid for, if not, how much is outstanding, and what will it cost to redeem any outstanding debt. So we have another derelict plot of land. What will be built here, shops, more offices or more eateries? Or will it be new housing for our immigrant friends.[/p][/quote]I should hope it is paid for - it is close on 50 years old oftbewildered2
  • Score: 9

2:14pm Sat 7 Jun 14

calvin street says...

How about turning it into a cinema,
How about turning it into a cinema, calvin street
  • Score: 16

2:26pm Sat 7 Jun 14

I, Ludicrous says...

I remember when the council tried to lessen the eyesore effect of this place by painting it brightly and sticking a roof on it, and now we learn that the whole thing's actually falling down. Never has the phrase 'polishing a turd' been more apposite than here.
I remember when the council tried to lessen the eyesore effect of this place by painting it brightly and sticking a roof on it, and now we learn that the whole thing's actually falling down. Never has the phrase 'polishing a turd' been more apposite than here. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 19

2:44pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Brumas says...

Well a least they say it beyond economical repair what is their excuse for allowing the demolition of the Bolton College Horwich, worst planning decision since the first re-vamp of the Market Hall. Oh bye the way the College is not yet Sixty years old and in good repair, make sense?
Well a least they say it beyond economical repair what is their excuse for allowing the demolition of the Bolton College Horwich, worst planning decision since the first re-vamp of the Market Hall. Oh bye the way the College is not yet Sixty years old and in good repair, make sense? Brumas
  • Score: 9

3:37pm Sat 7 Jun 14

itsnotthatbad says...

What takes up 10 parking spaces?... 5 women drivers!....

They should carry on past bow Street and demolish bank st and work there way upwards....
What takes up 10 parking spaces?... 5 women drivers!.... They should carry on past bow Street and demolish bank st and work there way upwards.... itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 7

4:47pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Rememberscarborough says...

I look forward to the new car park having "Men only" parking spaces - or would that be discrimination....
I look forward to the new car park having "Men only" parking spaces - or would that be discrimination.... Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 1

5:18pm Sat 7 Jun 14

allan111111 says...

If the decline of the town centre continues there wont be much need for a car park anyway
If the decline of the town centre continues there wont be much need for a car park anyway allan111111
  • Score: 13

6:20pm Sat 7 Jun 14

jonolakes says...

make a great car park -- flat one!!
make a great car park -- flat one!! jonolakes
  • Score: 8

6:56pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Comment777 says...

Anwar.A wrote:
'Ladies only' spaces???!!! I'm glad it's getting demolished.
Because you would have a male only car park...due to your fear that females may be accepted in your culture...God forbid!
[quote][p][bold]Anwar.A[/bold] wrote: 'Ladies only' spaces???!!! I'm glad it's getting demolished.[/p][/quote]Because you would have a male only car park...due to your fear that females may be accepted in your culture...God forbid! Comment777
  • Score: 1

6:58pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Comment777 says...

LordLeverhulme wrote:
Well who'd have thought that neglecting repairs on a structure for years and years would mean it will fall down?

So we'll have another boarded off square of rubble in the town centre now.
So a square of rubble in the middle of a much larger square of rubble...
[quote][p][bold]LordLeverhulme[/bold] wrote: Well who'd have thought that neglecting repairs on a structure for years and years would mean it will fall down? So we'll have another boarded off square of rubble in the town centre now.[/p][/quote]So a square of rubble in the middle of a much larger square of rubble... Comment777
  • Score: 8

8:34pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Valiant One says...

Percy Thrower wrote:
FrusteratedCowYed wrote:
As with so many concrete structures built in 1960's it has reached the end of its life. Unfortunately we are now at the stage where a lot of these types of structures will be uneconomical to repair and so I suspect there could be more. I hope they can come up with a good use for the site despite the difficulties of the river running under it.
Another multi storey car park that needs demolishing in 20 years instead of 50 years.
Its def more than 20 years old
[quote][p][bold]Percy Thrower[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FrusteratedCowYed[/bold] wrote: As with so many concrete structures built in 1960's it has reached the end of its life. Unfortunately we are now at the stage where a lot of these types of structures will be uneconomical to repair and so I suspect there could be more. I hope they can come up with a good use for the site despite the difficulties of the river running under it.[/p][/quote]Another multi storey car park that needs demolishing in 20 years instead of 50 years.[/p][/quote]Its def more than 20 years old Valiant One
  • Score: 3

10:33pm Sat 7 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Bank Street - Bow Street - Contractors needed to demolish the lot... sept D&P.
Bank Street - Bow Street - Contractors needed to demolish the lot... sept D&P. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 1

2:00am Sun 8 Jun 14

The bluetooth. says...

Well atleast no one will be able to jump to their death from the top.
Well atleast no one will be able to jump to their death from the top. The bluetooth.
  • Score: 2

9:00pm Sun 8 Jun 14

holloway_david says...

Build a copy of the "Dome" in London and have circus acts as residents namely the Labour controlled council.
Build a copy of the "Dome" in London and have circus acts as residents namely the Labour controlled council. holloway_david
  • Score: 1

2:58am Mon 9 Jun 14

waka flocks flame says...

The ladies only spaces are not larger than the other spaces they are located so women do not have to walk at through a dark car park on their own which can be worrying especially for older more vulnerable women. I think also the car park attendant walked these ladies to their car if it was requested. All those who think this is so terrible think about howthey would feel about your mother walking through a dark car park on their own not knowing wwho was about.
The ladies only spaces are not larger than the other spaces they are located so women do not have to walk at through a dark car park on their own which can be worrying especially for older more vulnerable women. I think also the car park attendant walked these ladies to their car if it was requested. All those who think this is so terrible think about howthey would feel about your mother walking through a dark car park on their own not knowing wwho was about. waka flocks flame
  • Score: 8

2:42pm Mon 9 Jun 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Sounds like an inside job so that the corrupt council can build more student accommodation! Does anybody know what was situated on this site before the concreteness of said car park?
Sounds like an inside job so that the corrupt council can build more student accommodation! Does anybody know what was situated on this site before the concreteness of said car park? FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 3

6:47pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

waka flocks flame wrote:
The ladies only spaces are not larger than the other spaces they are located so women do not have to walk at through a dark car park on their own which can be worrying especially for older more vulnerable women. I think also the car park attendant walked these ladies to their car if it was requested. All those who think this is so terrible think about howthey would feel about your mother walking through a dark car park on their own not knowing wwho was about.
You make a good case for demolishing on the lighting alone!

Though I appreciate that argument about ladies being vulnerable at night but so are elderly men. Men statistically are twice as likely to get murdered than are female (national statistics) but are obviously less likely to get raped.

We have women only gyms because ladies are embarrassed at men looking at them, but this negates the fact that a lot of blokes feel embarrassed when ladies look at them and if a bloke saw a bloke looking at them, well......

So though I see the where you're coming from, I think car parks like that should be made safer for everyone in general.
[quote][p][bold]waka flocks flame[/bold] wrote: The ladies only spaces are not larger than the other spaces they are located so women do not have to walk at through a dark car park on their own which can be worrying especially for older more vulnerable women. I think also the car park attendant walked these ladies to their car if it was requested. All those who think this is so terrible think about howthey would feel about your mother walking through a dark car park on their own not knowing wwho was about.[/p][/quote]You make a good case for demolishing on the lighting alone! Though I appreciate that argument about ladies being vulnerable at night but so are elderly men. Men statistically are twice as likely to get murdered than are female (national statistics) but are obviously less likely to get raped. We have women only gyms because ladies are embarrassed at men looking at them, but this negates the fact that a lot of blokes feel embarrassed when ladies look at them and if a bloke saw a bloke looking at them, well...... So though I see the where you're coming from, I think car parks like that should be made safer for everyone in general. Ernagy2
  • Score: 0

7:47pm Wed 11 Jun 14

JustBecause says...

waka flocks flame wrote:
The ladies only spaces are not larger than the other spaces they are located so women do not have to walk at through a dark car park on their own which can be worrying especially for older more vulnerable women. I think also the car park attendant walked these ladies to their car if it was requested. All those who think this is so terrible think about howthey would feel about your mother walking through a dark car park on their own not knowing wwho was about.
Again, the sexist card is played as and when women need to play it.

Ladies gyms should be banned as well.

Equality is just that.
[quote][p][bold]waka flocks flame[/bold] wrote: The ladies only spaces are not larger than the other spaces they are located so women do not have to walk at through a dark car park on their own which can be worrying especially for older more vulnerable women. I think also the car park attendant walked these ladies to their car if it was requested. All those who think this is so terrible think about howthey would feel about your mother walking through a dark car park on their own not knowing wwho was about.[/p][/quote]Again, the sexist card is played as and when women need to play it. Ladies gyms should be banned as well. Equality is just that. JustBecause
  • Score: 0

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