TRADERS are hoping for minimal disruption this week as some town centre car parks are resurfaced.
Havant Borough Council will be resurfacing car parks in Leigh Park, Waterlooville and Emsworth.
Leaders are hoping that improving the surface will mean the car parks need less maintenance in future and hold up better to the weather and wear and tear from cars.
Shopkeepers in Emsworth welcomed the work, but are hoping to avoid a repeat of the chaos in April when the council closed South Street car park for resurfacing work.
The closure happened in the days before Easter and caused gridlock as visitors struggled to find a parking space.
The resurfacing work takes place at South Street on Friday, but this time the car park will remain open during the work.
Giles Babb, chairman of Emsworth Business Association, said: ‘It should have been done properly in the first place.
‘It was poorly organised. If they had done it properly in the first place, we would not have all these problems.
‘It seriously affected us when it was closed the first time. Ultimately they decided to open it before it was ready to be driven on, so there are a lot of holes in the car park.
‘It looks awful. The new surface has caused more puddles than there were before. Hopefully this should solve the problem.’
Work to resurface Rockville Drive car park and external bays at Wellington Way, Waterlooville, took place yesterday and will be finished today. The area has been closed until the work is completed.
Meanwhile, resurfacing work at the Greywell centre starts today and continues tomorrow, with the car park staying open.
The internal car park at Wellington Way will be closed tomorrow and Friday for the work.
Councillor David Collins, who oversees car parks in Havant borough, said: ‘This work will ensure that the car parks will only require minimal maintenance over the forthcoming years.
‘Wellington Way and Rockville Drive in Waterlooville will be closed during the works. Car Parks in Greywell, Leigh Park and South Street, Emsworth will remain open to the public whilst the works are being undertaken.
‘Disruption will be kept to a minimum, however motorists are asked to be considerate to the works taking place during this time.’