On Thursday 14 June, the Strategy & Resources Committee will consider a new start date for the planned re-development of Ellice Road car park in Oxted, to allow more time to look into further improvements to the proposal.
In April, the Council approved a planning application for a car park with 300 spaces and two additional decks. The plans were drawn up following significant consultation with the local community and the Council has continued to listen to business and resident concerns. The Council is working closely with a car park construction specialist which has suggested some amendments to reduce the impact of the scheme on residents living nearby.
A report to the Strategy & Resources Committee will recommend a new start date of January 2019 for the works, to allow some changes to the design and the direction of the one-way system to be considered.
While this would mean a delay in the delivery of the additional parking capacity for businesses and shoppers, it would allow more time for the new options to be considered which will maximise the benefit for the town while minimising the impact on nearby residents. The proposed new start date of January 2019 will also allow the existing car park to remain available in the run up to Christmas, a key time for local business trade. Weather permitting, the new date would mean construction would complete around September/October 2019, before the Christmas 2019 period.
The planned temporary amendments to parking restrictions on some local roads will not be put in place until the work begins.