Work to improve council car parks gets underway
Central Car Park will undergo £110,000 of improvements to its layout and facilities, paid for with income generated by parking charges. Work will begin early March is expected to last for four weeks. Some bays will be suspended initially to allow for preparatory works to take place with the car park fully closed for four days from 24 March to 27 March.
The improvements will introduce new ‘parent and child’ parking bays and will move the existing disabled parking spaces to the lower part of the car park improving accessibility. The existing rapid electric charger will be moved to Feather’s Yard car park to join 3 new fast chargers to create Hampshire’s first dedicated electric vehicle (EV) charging hub with 8 charging points.
In addition, the recycling banks will be relocated to Caston’s carpark improving traffic flow and creating wider, safer pedestrian walkways.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Enforcement Cllr Hayley Eachus said: “Making improvements to our car parks helps to retain and develop the vibrancy of the town. It also supports the council’s Climate Emergency declaration by increasing the amount of electric vehicle charging points. All income generated from parking goes towards the cost of maintaining and operating our car parks and other transport related services and this scheme is a great example of that arrangement working to create a better parking experience for all".