Last night's full Council meeting (19 April) approved the planning application for the re-development of the Ellice Road car park in Oxted. Work is expected to begin in June and be completed by the end of the year.
The application was amended following the Planning Committee on Thursday 5 April when a decision to remove four more spaces to create additional landscaping to screen the car park from properties in Amy Road was upheld.
The application is for a car park with 300 spaces, including disabled parking provision, parent and child spaces and charging points for electric cars. The car park will be modern, secure and safe, incorporating a lift and new toilets.
While the work is taking place, arrangements are being put in place to create alternative parking for visitors and businesses. Space will be provided for existing town centre permit holders and council staff will move out of the car park at the Council Offices to allow it to be used by visitors. The first hour of parking will be free with a maximum stay of three hours.
In addition, Surrey County Council has agreed in principle to some minor temporary amendments to parking restrictions on some local roads. This will provide additional on-street parking in safe locations while the work takes place.
- Parking on Gresham Road and Station Approach will be restricted to two hours between 8.30am and 6pm, on certain days.
- The waiting restriction times on Granville Road, Wheeler Avenue, Peter Avenue, Park Road, Detillens Lane, Rockfield Road and Uvedale Road, will change to make it easier for local people to park and shop.
All these changes are expected to take effect in June and the existing restrictions will be reinstated once the new Ellice Road car park is open. Further details of the changes and a map are available to view at www.tandridge.gov.uk/parking
The Council will support the Love Oxted Business Improvement District by publicising a We're open for business initiative to encourage local people to continue to support the shops and businesses in Oxted while the building works take place.
The delivery of additional visitor and business parking for the town is key to the RegenOxted programme, which will also lead to the removal of the gasholder, and Urban Redesign project and a hub to encourage the start-up and growth of local businesses.