Ashley Park and Dewitt’s Court car parks are now to be refurbished and works in Ashley Park has begun already..
After many years of neglect, the Liberal Democrat led Elmbridge administration has decided to refurbish all the car parks in the borough – beginning with two of Walton’s car parks.
This multi-million pound project will take place over a number of years but the Liberal Democrats aspire to reach a higher standard for the borough rather than the patch and mend policies of previous administrations.
Ashley Park car park has been a poor state for decades with many complaints about the rough surface. Rather than mend it, previous administrations simply offered a discount parking charge for a poor quality car park. The Liberal Democrats intend to bring the car park up to standard and, once that is done, bring the charges in line with other similar car parks.
Under previous administrations, car park charges have been set across the borough on a three year cycle. The pattern of use of each car park is more often than not quite different from its neighbours and that pattern can change over time. This has meant that some parks are beginning to overfill while others find their usage has declined.
All car parks are now reviewed on a frequent basis to check that the charging does not mean a car park is full – who wants to turn up at a car park that does not have a parking spot? The same review will look to reduce charges if the car park is hardly used. At the moment the charge for parking is the same throughout the day – in future, as appropriate, the rates will vary to maximise the utility of each car park.