Hilling­don at top for car park­ing spa­ces

Heathrow makes up the bulk of bor­ough’s ameni­ties

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A BOR­OUGH-by-bor­ough break­down by park­ing ser­vice space­hop­per re­veals the to­tal num­ber of park­ing spa­ces in west Lon­don.

Pub­lic car parks in the area cover a to­tal area of nearly 3.9sq km – al­most three times the size of Hyde Park.

The find­ings by new park­ing ser­vice space­hop­per also re­veal car parks in the west of the cap­i­tal ac­count for nearly half the car parks in Lon­don.

The find­ings show Hilling­don has the most car park­ing spa­ces in west Lon­don, but this fig­ure is hugely in­flated be­cause of Heathrow Air­port.

If this was to be taken away from the ta­bles, Brent would top the ta­ble Bor­ough/to­tal ac­cred­ited spa­ces/to­tal foot­print of car parks (sq km)/ to­tal foot­print of car parks (sq me­tres)/equiv­a­lent full-size foot­ball pitches

Eal­ing 1,644 Har­row 2,877 K&C 1,969 West­min­ster 5,177 Brent 8,643 Har­row 3,813 H&F 4,858 Houn­slow 5,326 Hilling­don (inc Heathrow) 25,221 Hilling­don (exc Heathrow)3,541 To­tal 59,528

for park­ing spa­ces, but this bor­ough is also home to Wembley Sta­dium and Wembley Arena.

Over­all, Lon­don’s pub­lic car parks cover an area of 8.4sq km, while west Lon­don’s cov­er­age is 3.9sq km – equiv­a­lent to 550 Old Traf­ford foot­ball pitches.

Space­hop­per of­fers peer-to-peer park­ing by

0.11 0.19 0.13 0.34 0.57 0.25 0.32 0.35 1.66 0.23 3.93

108,404 189,707 129,835 341,368 569,914 251,427 320,333 351,193 1,663,056 233,491 3,925,236

match­ing un­der-used spa­ces on pri­vate drive­ways with driv­ers who are look­ing for some­where to park.

Di­rec­tor Alex Walker said: “It’s amaz­ing – but not sur­pris­ing – to think that so much valu­able space is taken up by park­ing spa­ces in the UK.

“By bet­ter util­is­ing the re­sources we have across

15.2 26.6 18.2 47.8 79.8 35.2 44.9 49.2 232.9 32.7 549.8 the land, we re­ally don’t need to build any more car parks.”

It’s amaz­ing... to think so much valu­able space is taken up by park­ing spa­ces”

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