This multi-million pound project will see the Council develop its car parks to provide additional parking capacity for shoppers, visitors and businesses. This follows a review of parking in Oxted which shows the town centre doesn’t have enough spaces for residents and shoppers and that enforcement needs to be improved.
Ellice Road car park REDEVELOPMENT AGREED AND PUT ON HOLD
On Tuesday 11 December 2018, the Strategy & Resources Committee agreed the redevelopment of Ellice Road car park in Oxted, on the basis the work will be postponed for a year to reduce disruption to businesses, which will already be impacted by the development of the Oxted gasholder site.
The start of the gasholder development was delayed by the legal challenge (judicial review). This means the demolition process, which will take up to five months and due to start in January, will cause disruption to the day to day running of the high street.
As more detailed information about the process for the development of the gasholder site was discussed with the Council, it became clear that starting the works at Ellice Road at the same time could adversely affect local businesses and the Committee was asked to consider the level of risk this poses.
As parking in the area remains an issue, the Committee has instructed officers to look at alternative ways parking capacity can be increased in the short term to accommodate shoppers, visitors and businesses, before the car park is redeveloped. One of the options could include creating more capacity in the Council Offices car park, possibly by creating an additional level.
During the gasholder works 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.