From the WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL CAR PARK REVIEW, August 2011, here’s a description of the Weyhill Car park (see pages 45, 46 and 47)
Weyhill Car Park (Fairground)
This car park is common land owned by Waverley. It is situated in Wey Hill, (B2131), Hindhead Road, Haslemere and bounded by public highways, the Waterloo Portsmouth main railway line and commercial and residential development. An active SCC Youth Centre adjoins part of the site. There are two entrances to this car park. A Bring Site is in operation at the entrance to the side of the car park at St Christopher’s Road. There is a bi-annual right to use the common land for a fairground, which needs to be considered in any proposals to change the current arrangements. The land is unsurfaced, with no parking bays marked. Parking may take place free of charge, largely because the surface is in poor condition. Waverley has been granted permission from the Department of the Environment for consent under section 194 of the Law of Property Act 1925 to refurbish the existing car park on the common land at Weyhill.
Due to its close proximity to the rail station and being free of charge, this car park is a popular venue for commuter parking on a Monday through to Friday and fills rapidly each day. In order to maintain some space for shoppers, the car park has been divided with a smaller section closed each evening and opened after the morning rush hour. This approach has proved to be an effective one, but currently relies upon the goodwill of a local trader who operates the barrier.
The demand for a parking space exceeds supply. Occasionally vehicles are blocked in, because there are no markings to direct motorists where to park and no control over this.
Complaints have been received about the poor condition of the surface being uneven, muddy and with trip hazards particularly during the winter months. The condition of the car park is made worse, as the land is being heavily used as a waste collection point on a Saturday morning. The damage caused by this activity is evident. There are safety concerns, as the process is not an organised one and waste material is abandoned.
Proposals to improve the surface of the car park and to introduce a charging regime have been considered over a number of years, and a feasibility study and cost appraisal commissioned in January 2008. A full upgrade (involving complete resurfacing with tarmac, introduction of lighting, ticket machines, etc.) at that time would have cost approximately £915,000. Officers were tasked with exploring alternative, lower-cost options.
The engineering team have now developed and costed a scheme that takes account of the need for a permeable surface to address flooding and drainage issues and incorporating 130 spaces. The proposed surface would be ‘Truck Pave’ heavy duty Ecotile; possibly the highest strength recycled plastic unit on the market, with tarmac ‘aprons’ around the margins. The ongoing use of the site by the fair was a fundamental consideration in formulating this design.
The proposal will reflect the current arrangements in that the western end of the car park is earmarked for short-stay, ‘shoppers’ spaces, with the remaining spaces being allocated as long stay. The split of space, (76 long stay and 54 short stay) may need to be refined according to usage.
To protect any investment in the structure of any new surface at this site, consideration should be given to ceasing the weekly waste collection activity or relocating it. The car park at Weydown Road may provide a suitable but smaller location for this.
There is merit in investing in improvements to Weyhill Car Park with a view to imposing a charge for parking there. It is evident that the parking at Weyhill now requires control and management to ensure the space is being used correctly. The length of stay may be regulated and it will remove the need for the operation of the manned barrier at the smaller ‘shoppers’ car park.
The introduction of charging at Weyhill car park may increase pressure on local residential roads. It is important therefore that any proposals to change the approach to off-street parking is accompanied by a commitment from SCC to review, and implement changes to the current approach to on-street parking at the same time.
Recommendation Q: To refurbish the car parks at Weyhill and introduce charges for both long and short stay parking
In addition to the above information, you may be interested to read Waverley Borough Council’s Capital Draft Programme (published October 2011), regarding the project for the Refurbishment of Weyhill (Fairground Car Park) and introduction of fees and charges. You can download it from:
Progress to date (including position regarding planning permission):
At its meeting on the 11th October 2011, Waverley Borough Council approved the recommendation to refurbish the car parks at Weyhill and introduce charges for both long and short stay parking. Waverley has been granted permission from the Department of the Environment for consent under Section 194 of the Law of Property Act 1925 to refurbish the existing car park on common land at Weyhill.
If anyone has any knowledge of common land and its use or limitations please share your thoughts with www.haslemereparking.com.
If Waverley has been granted permission to refurbish registered common land could the council seek permission for use of the land as a multi-storey car park?
Does anyone think that the Weyhill site would be generally less intrusive than the station site (obviously St Christopher’s Road residents would not think so) but the present state of the Weyhill car park is hardly a credit to the town?
What does everyone else think?