400 ex­tra spa­ces for Amer­sham

Coun­cil pro­poses to in­crease ca­pac­ity to meet an ex­pected rise in de­mand

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

PLANS will be sub­mit­ted to ex­tend a busy multi-storey car park in Amer­sham by nearly 400 spa­ces.

Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil (CDC) will pro­pose to in­crease ca­pac­ity at the 680-space car park on five lev­els, in­clud­ing a lift and dis­abled pro­vi­sion at ground level, to­mor­row (Fri­day Novem­ber 4).

A ca­pac­ity sur­vey car­ried out in June this year showed the car park was at full ca­pac­ity three days a week with de­mand grow­ing, mainly from com­muters trav­el­ling into Lon­don.

The pro­posed ex­ten­sion is ex­pected to meet that in­creas­ing de­mand un­til 2036.

It is also hoped the ex­ten­sion will in­crease long-stay park­ing, free­ing up more short-stay spa­ces in the Sy­camore Road fa­cil­ity closer to the town cen­tre.

Bal­four Beatty has pro­duced a de­sign for the pro­posed ex­ten­sion, which is be­ing ex­hib­ited in the re­cep­tion area of Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil of­fices, King Ge­orge V House, King Ge­orge Road dur­ing of­fice hours through­out the plan­ning process, which is likely to last un­til Fe­bru­ary 2017.

Peo­ple are asked to sub­mit their com­ments af­ter plans are sub­mit­ted on Novem­ber 4 on www.chiltern.gov.uk/ view plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions.

Prior to that date peo­ple can com­plete feed­back forms avail­able at Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil re­cep­tion desk.

The multi-storey car park will re­main op­er­a­tional through­out any build­ing works, which are ex­pected to start in May 2017, and all ef­forts will be made to min­imise in­con­ve­nience to the pub­lic while con­struc­tion is un­der­way.

Mike Smith, Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment, said: “This rep­re­sents a multi-mil­lion pound in­vest­ment for Amer­sham and its sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

“The ex­ist­ing mul­ti­storey car park was built in 1989/90 and cost £3mil­lion. It has served us well in the in­ter­ven­ing years and is still in good shape – it’s just not pro­vid­ing the ca­pac­ity to meet de­mand any longer.

“The space is avail­able to ex­tend the ex­ist­ing struc­ture, and that seems to be the best op­tion in prac­ti­cal and fi­nan­cial terms.

“We do want com­ments from the pub­lic and urge peo­ple to take the time to look at and con­sider the pro­pos­als be­ing put for­ward.”

It’s just not pro­vid­ing the ca­pac­ity to meet de­mand any longer

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