A new website for a multi-storey car park campaign for Haslemere launched 2 days ago from the office of MP, Jeremy Hunt: Haslemere Multi-Storey Car Park
From Jeremy Hunt:
Haslemere is very fortunate to have a fast and direct train route through to London, but it does mean that parking has become a blight on what should otherwise be a pretty perfect place to live.
The Station Car Park has been full since 1998.
Overspill parking from commuters is putting pressure on residential roads across the town. Efforts to alleviate the problems for residents have often achieved little more than to move the problem from one place to another.
I am a firm believer that the only real solution to Haslemere’s parking problems is to provide more car parking at the train station, in the form of a multi-storey car park. I hope you will lend your support to our campaign, only by bringing the whole community together can we prove our case.
In Jeremy Hunt’s next ten ideas for South West Surrey, voted for in 2006, number 6 was to improve parking at our railway stations.
Haslemere and Farnham train stations in particular really suffer from a lack of parking. This causes huge problems for local residents constantly affected by on street commuter parking outside their houses. Recently plans for an extra deck at Haslemere station were abandoned by South West Trains because of the recession, so Jeremy has been working with Network Rail and South West Trains to try and find an alternative solution.
Jeremy says: “It is crucial that we find a solution to the lack of parking at the stations. Commuter parking has become a nightmare in some streets but this problem will never be solved unless we increase station car park capacity.”