Tandridge District Council Press Release 24.3.17
Council to boost car parking spaces in Oxted to encourage visitors
Last night’s Resources and Community Services Committees both agreed a new five year Parking Strategy, which will provide a framework for better parking provision, management and enforcement across the district.
Increased parking provision is central to Regeneration Oxted, an ambitious plan to revitalise the town centre through a multi-million pound programme of strategically important projects. It includes plans to remove the gasholder, make the town more attractive and provide start-up space for small business in the town centre.
This will transform the retail and leisure offer of the town and attract more visitors. As part of this the Council is developing detailed options for additional capacity which could provide in the region of 40% more spaces.
In a recent review of parking, residents and businesses highlighted issues with current enforcement arrangements, an increase in commuter on-street parking and insufficient availability of parking for shoppers and workers.
The review started with a survey of parking in Oxted and detailed plans for new parking arrangements for Oxted will be available by the end of 2017.
As part of the strategy, parking charges will be brought in to council owned car parks in Oxted town centre to help provide additional car park capacity for residents, visitors and local businesses, but there will be no charges in the evenings, Sundays or bank holidays and one hour of free parking will be available.
There will still be free parking for special events run by the Oxted BID. Having consulted with Surrey County Council, on-street parking within Oxted will also continue to be free. The District Council will also introduce new enforcement arrangements over the summer.
Louise Round, Chief Executive, said: “If we are to boost the local economy and encourage new businesses into the area, we not only have to redevelop Oxted, we also need to provide more and better short and long term parking options. Introducing parking charges will help encourage more visitors, provide more parking and better manage and enforce parking which is vital for the prosperity of the town.”
The new charges are set out below:
|0 – 1 hour||Free|
|1 hour – 2 hours||£1.50|
|2 hours – 3 hours||£3|
|3 hours – 4 hours||£4.50|
|Over 4 hours||£6.50|
These charges will apply to Ellice Road Car Park between 8am and 5pm on weekdays and Saturdays and in the Council Office car park and Johnsdale car park on Saturdays between 8am and 5pm. Charges will be reviewed regularly by the Community Services Committee.