Technical survey at Chesil surface car park

Press Release: 08/04/2014

 The Chesil Street surface car park in Winchester will be closed for three days from Monday 14 April for a technical survey.

The geotechnical survey by Tweedie Evans Consulting for Winchester City Council is part of work to consider the suitability of the location as a site for extra care housing.

The survey is needed to assess the ground below the surface. This is standard practice for sites that may be considered for development. It does not indicate that any decision has been taken about extra care at Chesil Street.

Cllr Keith Wood, the Leader of Winchester City Council, said:

We are in the middle of a consultation process to consider the urgent need for extra care housing in Winchester and whether the Chesil Street surface car park might be a suitable site.

This kind of geotechnical survey looks dramatic, with a drilling rig on site to make a test borehole, but it is routine for any site where development may take place. The report produced provides necessary technical information, but I would like to stress that no decision about extra care housing at Chesil Street has been taken at this stage.

The Council apologises for any inconvenience. Alternative parking is available during the closure at the nearby Park & Ride sites and the Chesil Street multi-storey car park.