Council spends £42,000 on new car park for Fareham

MONEY WELL SPENT  Cllr Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council
MONEY WELL SPENT Cllr Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council
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FAREHAM Borough Council is set to spend more than £42,000 on extra work on the new multi-storey car park in the town centre.

The 209-space car park in Civic Way in Fareham has been built to coincide with the new Debenhams store, which officially opened last month.

The four-floor car park had been due to open in June, but it has faced delays.

It has been built by contractors at no cost to the council.

The council now hopes that the car park will be open within the next couple of weeks.

Money will now be spent on anti-graffiti coating, fencing around the area and roller shutter doors at the entrance and exit to improve security.

Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of the council, said: ‘We are expecting this to be handed over to the council in a matter of days and not weeks.

‘This is delivering to us a brand new multi-storey car park at no cost to the council. This is work that we feel is needed.’

Councillor Arthur Mandry, added: ‘It will be money well spent.’

After the meeting Cllr Woodward added: ‘We are hoping it will be handed over either this month or early next month. They are just polishing it off now.

‘It gives another couple of hundred spaces at a busy end of the shopping centre.

‘Now that we have got Debenhams there, the footfall at the end of the centre has perked up. It’s convenient for people.

‘They come straight out of their cars into the shopping centre at both ends. It’s a really good deal.’

On top of this, the council is also considering running a competition with schools to design a mural or artwork which would be displayed in the car park.