City Council's programme to improve car parks

Winchester City Council has embarked on a wide scale car park refurbishment programme to improve parking facilities for customers within the district.

Refurbishment works at the City Council’s Friarsgate car park have now been completed. Works included the complete refurbishment of the Tanner Street stairway, improvement works at all the pedestrian entrances, the remarking of all parking bays to provide clearer guidance for customers, and other internal painting works. This was all in addition to a full scale cleaning programme and maintenance work on the lighting system.

Although the car park will eventually be demolished as part of the Silverhill development, the City Council has carried out the improvement works to ensure that, in the meantime, the car park provides a safe and clean parking environment for customers.

Work will now continue at a number of the council’s other car parks throughout the city, with major refurbishment works taking place at Tower Street (scheduled to be completed by next summer) and improvement works taking place in Chesil Street Multi Story Car Park. Elsewhere, works to finish the parking area at Jewry Street car park will commence on 6 October and will be completed by the end of November 2008.

The improvements come hot on the heels of the launch of pay-by-phone parking, which has proved to be a big hit with Winchester motorists since it came into operation earlier in the year.

This year also saw a number of the City Council’s car parks receive the ‘Parkmark Safer Parking Award’ from the Police in recognition of the measures taken to improve the overall safety of the car parks.

Richard Hein, Parking Manager at Winchester City Council, said: "These improvements will come as great news for people who use the City Council managed car parks in Winchester. We are working hard to ensure that we provide high quality parking facilities for our customers."

Cllr Keith Wood, Portfolio holder for Planning and Access, added:  “This programme of improvements, along with the introduction of pay-by-phone parking, will ensure that we can continue to make our
car parks more customer friendly.