Surrey Heath Borough Council announced, on 12th December, changes to car park regulations at Wilton Road Car Park, Camberley to encourage footfall and economic growth of area,
The car park previously offered a maximum stay of up to 18 hours, with the result that local businesses used it for commercial parking. This conflicted with the needs of short stay visitors who wished to use local facilities.
It will now have a maximum stay of five hours free parking, with no return on the same day. The aim is to ensure parking for short stay visits is maximised, encouraging trade, and use of facilities by local residents and visitors.
After consultation with nearby Camberley Indoor Bowls Club, members will receive a number of free permits for the car park. Annual permits will also be available to commuters at a cost of £300.
After agreement at the Executive Council meeting of 12 July 2016, the proposal to reduce the maximum stay was advertised in an Off-Street Parking Places Order in September. One objection was received, which was considered and over-ruled by the Executive at the meeting of 6 December.
Surrey Heath Business Portfolio Holder Cllr Craig Fennell said: “It is hoped that the imposition of this maximum stay period at Wilton Road car park will encourage shoppers and visitors to the area as it will be easier to find free parking nearby.”