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Introduction of parking charges will help support new look for Oxted

Released on: 13 April 2017

Today the Council has unveiled the first images of the planned improvements for the town centre. Subject to approval at the meeting of the Full Council on 20 April, income generated from car parking charges will help fund these changes.

Income from parking will go towards running the car parks which currently cost the Council over £120,000 a year. It will also be used to provide additional parking capacity and better enforcement to ensure our car parks are used properly. In addition, it will fund an ambitious Urban Redesign Project for Station Road East and West.

The Council is supporting the Oxted Business Improvement District (BID) to deliver this project which will make the town centre more attractive. Urban designers Greer Pritchard, whose portfolio includes the 2012 Olympic Park design, have created conceptual proposals for a market square, improved town centre layout, better access, more greenery, more seating, and more attractive paving and surfacing for the town. Without income from our car parks this will be very difficult to achieve.

These benefits will help attract new businesses, new customers and improve the town's offering to visitors and help prevent the closure of more local businesses.

Following constructive discussions with the Oxted BID, the Council will now also recommend free parking on Saturdays, free parking in the Oxted Health Centre car park for surgery users and additional permits for local businesses.

To explain more about the plans, the Council has created a Frequently Asked Questions page which is available to view at www.tandridge.gov.uk/carparking. You can also view the images there.

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