400 extra spaces for Amersham
Council proposes to increase capacity to meet an expected rise in demand
by Tom Herbert email@example.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