Regeneration Oxted gets go ahead supported by the introduction of parking charges
Released on: 21 April 2017
At last night’s Council meeting, councillors agreed to take forward an ambitious regeneration programme for Oxted town centre, supported by income from parking charges.
As a result of the decision, consultation on all aspects of the multi-million pound Regeneration Oxted programme will begin on 25 May. This programme has four key aims:
- Removal of the Oxted gasholder.
- An Urban Redesign Project for Station Road East and West to help the town draw a wider variety of shops and make it more attractive.
- More parking capacity and better enforcement.
- Creation of a Business Hub.
The Council will work closely with the Oxted Business Improvement District (BID) to deliver these projects. The consultation will include plans for the Oxted gasholder site and proposals for additional parking capacity in Council owned car parks.
Residents will also be able to have their say about plans for the Urban Redesign project. These plans will be based on the conceptual designs prepared for the Oxted BID by designers Greer Pritchard, whose portfolio includes the 2012 Olympic Park site.
Councillors carefully considered the views of residents in a petition asking for 2 hours of free parking, however it was agreed this was not a financially viable option as it would not enable the delivery of the aims of the Regeneration Oxted programme. The Council agreed to support the recommendation of 1 hour of free parking to provide additional capacity, implement plans to make the town centre more attractive, support existing businesses and encourage new businesses to the town.
The new parking charges will be introduced this summer. The Council will continue to work closely with the Oxted BID to regularly review parking arrangements so changes can be made quickly should they be needed.
More details about Regeneration Oxted and the introduction of parking charges can be found at www.tandridge.gov.uk/carparking.