AN EXTRA 38 spaces have been created at a former railway station’s car park in a £110,000 council project.
The station car park at Wickham has been extended to increase parking for workers and make more spaces in the Square available for shoppers and visitors.
This extension is wonderful as it will bring benefit to villagers, visitors and businesses alike.Louise Oram, chairwoman of the Chamber of Trade
It was officially opened last Thursday by Cllr Victoria Weston, deputy leader of Winchester City Council.
She said: ‘Car parking is an essential part of any successful town, and seeing this extra parking being delivered for Wickham shows that where there’s a will there’s a way.
‘I’d like to congratulate all the partners in this project for creating a really useful facility out of redundant land that will help take pressure off the Square.
‘Above all, this will help Wickham move forward as an attractive place to live and visit.’
There are now 67 spaces in the station car park, following planning consent which was granted in October 2014. The car park has been extended to the north with improvements to lighting.
Cllr Angela Clear, Mayor of Winchester and ward councillor for Wickham, said: ‘I am delighted to see this important extension completed.
‘Wickham is a special place with its own unique heritage and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to the village.’
The £110,000 project included use of specialist material and work to protect tree roots, plus work to prevent drainage issues.
The council decided an extension was the best way to tackle shortage of parking in the Square after discussion with the parish council and businesses.
Cllr James Byrnes, portfolio holder for the local economy, said: ‘The extension provides better parking for those who work in Wickham and for the general public.
‘We expect this to boost the local economy by increasing parking capacity overall and making it easier for first-time visitors and shoppers to park in the Square.’
Louise Oram, chairwoman of the Chamber of Trade, said: ‘This extension is wonderful as it will bring benefit to villagers, visitors and businesses alike.’