Request to @HaslemereTC for debate Haslemere regarding station multi-storey car park

From: Haslemere Parking
Sent: 03 October 2014 10:13 AM
To: ‘Lisa O’Sullivan Haslemere Town Clerk’
Subject: MSCP

Dear Lisa (Town Clerk)

I refer to a response below on the subject of a station car park. You’ll note that Stephen Mulliner feels that 97%  (i.e. 230 or so out of 17,000 as a sample of those who were prepared to take the trouble to express a view) is an overwhelming majority by any standards.

70% of respondents to the Haslemere Vision consultation (476 residents which is more than double the 230 response cited above) favoured improving access for alternative means of transport to the station. Only 14 residents out of 681 residents mentioned a multi-storey car park in the consultation responses.

The council took a stance to support a campaign for a MSCP but the most recent evidence by the town council convened neighbourhood plan suggests that there is very little constituent support for this. It does rather dispel the view that opposition to a MSCP has “been microscopic and that almost all feedback has been positive”.

I would like this to be an agenda item at full council on 20th November 2014 in order that we may have a full debate in order that a formal response by the council may be submitted to Jeremy Hunt.

Would you be so kind as to put this request to the Mayor? I look forward to your reply.

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From: Libby Piper (e-mail removed)
Sent: 31 January 2014 2:15 PM
To: Haslemere Parking
Subject: Fw: Haslemere MSCP

Please find below your original email together with Stephen Mulliner’s comments shown in bold beneath each of your points [as the HTC parking representative].  Apologies for the delay in responding but Stephen was overseas until mid January and as he has been deeply involved in the MSCP project for many years and has been involved in the majority of the talks with the various government and rail authorities, he was the best person to respond to your queries.  I do hope that his response answers your questions and as you will see, HTC are of the opinion that little is likely to happen until the SWT Franchise comes to an end in 2017.  The contribution offered by HTC was based on a positive response from DfT/NWR/SWT by the 23rd January when the budget and precept had to be set.  Any consideration of a HTC contribution in the future will be based on future proposals and business case which would require the submission of a further planning application for an increase in the size and design.

best wishes

Libby

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From: Haslemere Parking

Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:13 PM

To: Libby Piper

Subject: Haslemere MSCP

Dear Libby

I’ve read in The Herald today that the town council is proposing to part fund a MSCP for Haslemere.

Please would you provide a full breakdown of the current funding scheme that has recently been reviewed by the DfT, including a detailed breakdown of how the town council will raise the funds? I’m keen to know what implications this will have for taxpayers and how this type of council spend with satisfy the social, economic and environmental benefits for residents as set out in the Social Value Act.

Stephen Mulliner: The funding scheme is straightforward – the MSCP construction cost of £X million to build (where X is expected to be between 7 and 8 depending on foundation requirements) would be provided as to £(X – 0.5 to 1) million by Network Rail and/or DfT and £(0.5 – 1) million by HTC.  The need for a local authority contribution is to increase the Benefit/Cost Ratio to a level acceptable to the DfT.  Without that, nothing will happen.  Once built, SWT lease the MSCP from NR and cover the leasing costs and MSCP maintenance from MSCP income.  The financial fly in the ointment is that only the incremental income can be taken into account to cover both the leasing costs and maintenance charges.  The existing income from the 200 at-grade spaces cannot be taken into account.

In addition, I’d like to know if your funding calculations are based on the existing planning for the car park or if it will be bigger/smaller than the plans that were on display back in 2009. I find it odd that residents are being to ask to agree to something without understanding the funding model or knowing the dimensions of the building. Is there a reason that none of this information regarding funding for and size of a proposed MSCP is available on the town council website?

Stephen Mulliner:  The expectation is that the proposed MSCP would have two and a half decks to accommodate 550 spaces.  It will be on the same footprint as the 2009 application.

There has been nothing definite to communicate to residents so far because of the key role of the DfT which has been very slow to respond and has still not come forward with a proposal.  The DfT has an important say until 2017 because SWT is currently being subsidised as to 80% of the shortfall between the income that was forecast for 2014-2017 and the actual income in that time.  It is vital that the increased MSCP income is not effectively reduced by 80% in 2016 and 2017 (which is the earliest that a MSCP would be in operation) as otherwise the SWT/NR funding model fails completely.

I would also like to ask you if you feel that 200 responses in support out of a population of 17,000 should really be fairly described as “overwhelming support”?

Stephen Mulliner: 230 or so out of 17,000 is a sample of those who were prepared to take the trouble to express a view.  Of those, 97% are in favour.  That is an overwhelming majority by any standards.

As you know, I spoke with Lisa O’Sullivan and asked for town council information re the MSCP. Lisa sent me 5 documents after scanning HTC’s online documentation and it yielded very little evidence of consultation with Haslemere residents.

Stephen Mulliner: The issue has been live in Haslemere since 2008 with regular mentions in the local press whenever the possibility of progress has seemed to be high.  The run-up to the May 2009 planning application had extensive press coverage.  The SWT/NR joint application for DfT funding in summer 2011 led to a public meeting at the Haslemere Hall in September 2011 at which Phil Dominey of SWT explained their plans.  It has been referred to extensively in the Press both before and after the County Council election.  It is no exaggeration to say that the volume of opposition has been microscopic and almost all feedback has been positive.

I know you’re very busy and I hate to bother you with this but I feel like I’m very much in the dark on this matter.

I look forward to your response.