Get involved: send your photos, videos, news & views by texting OXFORD NEWS to 80360 or email us
Drivers back new car park bid at Wallingford
1:00pm Wednesday 20th March 2013 in News
TOWN councillors say they have disproved district council claims Wallingford does not need a new car park.
Wallingford Town Council carried out a three-day survey after South Oxfordshire District Council shot down its calls for more spaces.
The town council says a new facility is vital for when 550 new homes are built. But the district council stood firm on its position.
From March 8 to March 10, town councillors studied movements in Castle Street, Thames Street, St George’s Road, Cattle Market, Waitrose, and Goldsmith Lane car parks from 11am to 1pm.
Organiser and former mayor Colin Dolton said demand often outstripped supply at 183-space Waitrose, 132-space Goldsmith Lane and 147-space Cattle Market car park.
He said: “In Goldsmiths Lane at noon on Saturday there were 14 cars queuing for spaces.
“We need to look at where there is space or land for a new car park to be built.”
The council is to allow 550 homes at Slade End Farm, leading to demand for more town centre parking.
Town Mayor Ros Lester said: “(District council leader) Ann Ducker is adamant there is not a problem with parking, but there is. We have some fantastic independent shops but we want people to be able to use them.”
Comments are closed on this article.