Bigger car park going ahead in Oxted
The Strategy & Resources Committee on Tuesday 5 February reviewed several alternative options for the Ellice Road car park redevelopment and decided to continue with the agreed scheme.
At the previous Strategy & Resources meeting in December, it was agreed the redevelopment of Ellice Road car park should be postponed by up to a year to reduce the impact on local businesses while the Oxted gasholder site is being redeveloped.
In the interim officers assessed alternative options, including putting a deck on the car park used by council staff and reducing the proposed size of the extension to Ellice Road to one additional deck, rather than the two decks previously proposed. Specialist contractors confirmed adding one deck to the Council staff car park would not be practical, while reducing the number of decks in Ellice Road would not provide enough extra parking spaces.
The Committee agreed to proceed with the original proposal to add two decks to Ellice Road, but also to vary the current planning condition, which specifies the numbers of permit and shopper parking spaces, to allow more flexibility to respond to demand.
The Committee also agreed to use some of the money from business rates to contribute to the cost of the scheme, as this makes it more financially viable.
With work due to start early in 2020, the Council is drawing up an implementation timetable to minimise the impact on the high street, while ensuring the car park is in use during the critical Christmas period.
In the meantime, the Council has secured additional temporary parking spaces elsewhere in the town which means business permits can be issued for the staff car park, which will free up more spaces for shoppers in Ellice Road.
Councillor Martin Fisher, Chair of the Strategy & Resources Committee, said: “Having taken some extra time to consider the position, I am now satisfied it is right to go-ahead with the original scheme, which will help support our high street and other business in the town, as well as relieve the pressure caused by inconsiderate parking in our residential streets. We are also doing our utmost to provide extra parking spaces for shoppers while we wait for the work to start."
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