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Car park improvements just the ticket

Archived press release

Date Published: 03/07/06

Aylesbury Vale District Council is set to undertake a programme of improvements to a number of car parks within the district. The council says the improvements will benefit local residents and visitors to the district and will help boost the Vale...

Aylesbury Vale District Council is set to undertake a programme of improvements to a number of car parks within the district.

The council says the improvements will benefit local residents and visitors to the district and will help boost the Vale’s business image.

AVDC has agreed to spend £850,000 on improvements to council-owned car parks, and most of the work is being undertaken in this financial year. This is in addition to the £100,000 a year already allocated for car park improvements.

The improvement plan will include a phased programme of structural repairs, signage, lighting and other essential improvements. The proposed schemes given a high priority include:
• Repairs to Hampden House car park at a cost of £600,000
• A £250,000 variable message system to direct vehicles to car parks and make motorists aware of any free spaces available
• Improvements to security in Friarscroft and Hampden House car parks, such as additional CCTV cameras, at a cost of £215,000
• Improvements to safety in car parks, including speed ramps, at a cost of £63,000
• A ramp and hand rail costing £6,000 at Western Avenue car park in Buckingham

Other schemes proposed include improved fencing, planting, lighting and surfacing in Buckingham, Winslow, Aylesbury and Wendover surface car parks at a combined cost of £120,000 and enhanced or additional local information boards at all district car parks at a cost of £60,000. The Upper Hundreds multi-storey car park will also be painted externally.

Improvements that have been made over recent months include the introduction of ‘pay on foot’ machines in Aylesbury’s Upper Hundreds car park. The new car park charging system enables motorists to pay for the time they have parked rather than rushing back to their cars before their pay and display ticket expires.

Councillor Val Baxter, Cabinet Member for Asset Management, said the improvement plan will make the car parks more user-friendly for motorists. She said: “A good standard of car parking is a major factor in promoting the well being of the district. Car parks that are bright and well lit should help make motorists feel safer. We also need to ensure that local residents and visitors can find their way easily to our car parks and when they get there they have modern amenities and easy pay facilities which will encourage them to come back.”

Contact information

Telephone:

01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk