The only way a multi-storey will work is by introducing resident permit holders only parking throughout Haslemere. And we all know what that will do to Haslemere.
A multi-storey cark is not the answer. Apparently, there are 357 commuters on a six year waiting list.
So this will make 357 people very happy who mostly don’t live (or care about) Halsemere. (No doubt that some do).
Haslemere has a population of 15K + people. This is not exactly big picture thinking.
As said before, this is about Haslemere as a whole, not satisfying the needs of a handful of people.
Again: No proper consultation•. No proper facts. No big picture or forward thinking.
Where’s the robust plan? I would love to see it.
How is this going to benefit the local community of Haslemere?
Are profits going into a park’n’ride scheme, or a network cycle and pathways, or even subsidising a decent bus network. Nope.
A few ‘choice’ images of the new car park were selected for publication the Haslemere Herald in 2009. These were in my opinion chosen to sway public opinion.
The ‘Haslemere Station Multi Storey Car Park Design and Access Statement’ was a report commissioned by Stagecoach South West Trains.
Extract taken from the conclusion: “The proposals have been the subject of extensive pre-submission consultation with the local authorities and stakeholders, and have been responsive to comments made. The proposed MSCP at Haslemere Station exhibits high levels of support from the local community, and on-street and station car parking are important issues for local residents.”
The whole report was heavy biased to getting the car park approved through planning. Who were these people who were consulted? The 357 commuters? A few vocal residents who choose to buy a house near the station knowing there would be parking issues?
Why was the Multi Storey Car Park mostly ignored in the May 2012 Haslemere Design Statement?
With massive visual impact, this will be one of the largest buildings in Haslemere. This mediocre architectural carbuncle will become the depressing gateway to our town for both residents and visitors.
Note to editor: Please publish the attached image.
From: E B [mailto: removed]
Sent: 17 February 2013 10:53 AM
Subject: Re: A robust plan for a multi-storey car park says @Jeremy_Hunt