Parking is a major issue for our town. Since 2015, the Chamber has been spearheading a plan to develop the land behind the former Co-op supermarket at 38-40 High Street as a low-cost car park for local traders and their staff. We hope that many of you will have seen this week’s front page story in the Haslemere Herald, renewing the call for the site to be made public, ready for when the town opens up again.
Chamber President Craig McGowan has been at the forefront of the cark park campaign. He said: “We’re delighted that the Haslemere Herald has taken up the cudgels on this issue. It is a measure of how strongly the local business community and the town at large feel about the waste the empty car park facility. The Chamber will continue to push for this facility and we hope the Co-op will engage in a conversation to bring about a useful return of the facility to the town.”
Despite repeated attempts to reach agreement with the Co-op to allow the Chamber to lease and manage the carpark, the site remains derelict. This is a sad state of affairs for a potential local asset that could bring significant benefits to our town, especially as we look to supporting local economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The car park scheme has the support of local businesses, stakeholders, including local councillors and our MP, Jeremy Hunt, and the backing of Waverley Borough Council.