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Parking boost for Aylesbury shoppers

Archived press release

Date Published: 19/04/07

Aylesbury Vale District Council’s offices in Exchange Street are set to be demolished to make way for a new temporary car park. At a meeting of the council’s cabinet last night (17 April), members gave the go-ahead for the site to be ...

Aylesbury Vale District Council’s offices in Exchange Street are set to be demolished to make way for a new temporary car park.

At a meeting of the council’s cabinet last night (17 April), members gave the go-ahead for the site to be used for temporary car parking until work is completed on the new multi-story car park being built in Walton Street as part of the Waterside redevelopment scheme.

AVDC plans to move from its offices in Exchange Street to new premises in Gatehouse Way at the end of August. The offices will be demolished immediately after they have been vacated to allow the council to open the temporary car park in time for the busy Christmas shopping period.

The temporary car park will provide around 60 long-stay spaces for visitors, shoppers and workers and will be open everyday with evening use. There will be a £2.50 charge for parking up to five hours and £4 for parking all day.

A new 525-space multi-storey car park, which will be built mainly on the site of the existing Aylesbury Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Walton Street, is expected to open in summer 2008 and will provide the extra parking spaces needed when the Waterside scheme is fully underway.

The Waterside scheme is an ambitious project to redevelop Aylesbury town centre, which will also create a new shopping area and theatre in Exchange Street and over 200 homes in Walton Street. Further east at Circus Field there will be a mix of residential development and a new canal basin with residential moorings.

David Betts, Head of Property and Operational Services, said: “We know parking is paramount to Aylesbury’s vitality which is why we are taking steps to ensure there are enough parking spaces in the town centre during work on the Waterside scheme. The new car park should benefit not only shoppers and workers in Aylesbury but also people visiting the area for leisure or to access council services in addition to supporting the local evening and night time economy.”

The Bear Brook and Canalside Front car parks in Exchange Street were decommissioned this week to allow work to start on the site for Aylesbury’s prestigious new theatre. Drivers looking for alternative long-stay car parks should use Friarscroft (near Morrison’s supermarket) or Canalside Rear, both of which currently have some spare capacity.

 

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01296 585099

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