Work on new car park in Alresford nears completion

Press Release: 17/08/2009

Work on new car park in Alresford nears completion

Despite the unsettled weather this summer, work on a new car park and footpath at Perins School in Alresford has been progressing ahead of schedule and is nearing completion.

 

Contractors Graham Moyse have been working hard to ensure the car park and footpath are ready for use in time for the new school term.

 

The work is part of the Putting Pedestrians First project being led by Alresford Town Partnership and is the result of collaboration between several bodies, including every level of local government.

The project aims to make Alresford town centre a more pedestrian-friendly place. The long-term car park will reduce car movements in the town centre, and free up the short term parking spaces for shoppers and visitors.  The footpath across the school playing fields will link the town centre up with the residential area to the south west of the school in order to further reduce car journeys into the town centre.

 

Simon Evans, Chairman of the Alresford Chamber of Commerce and proprietor of The Naked Grape on West Street, is encouraging long term parkers to use the new facilities once they are opened. He said:


“The new car park will be an excellent addition to Alresford’s facilities.  It is important that employees in the town use the new car park or walk to work using the new footpath.  This will free up the short stay spaces for visitors who generate additional spend in the town. That way, we can make it as easy as possible to get more customers through our doors, and allow us all a chance to thrive despite the recession.”

 

Once the car park is open there will be stricter enforcement of the parking regulations in the town centre.

 

The partners – all of whom are helping to fund the project - have benefited from a grant from the South East England Development Agency’s Small Rural Towns Fund, contributions by local property developers, grant funding from Winchester City Council, Brighton Parish Council, New Alresford Town Council and contributions from the local business community.