Wey Hill car park update

As well as the Surrey County Council on street parking proposals, there is also the ongoing Waverley Borough Council informal consultation for the Wey Hill car park.

On the 28th January 2013, Waverley Borough Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee will meet to review the Wey Hill car park informal consultation:

It is recommended that this Committee considers the responses to the informal consultation and makes any observations to the Executive.

Here is the agenda for the meeting with a brief summary of the response to the informal consultation.

In addition here are all the written responses submitted by residents to the informal consultation, with accompanying comments from WBC.

3 comments for “Wey Hill car park update

  1. 29/01/2013 at 19:59

    So at £100,000 per year (Is that income or profit?) and they haven’t mentioned ongoing maintenance such as parking ticket machine, cash to collect, enforcement of parking charges, etc) your looking at 4 years before it breaks even. They have mentioned nothing about maintaining the surface, and costs of council staff time in all this.

    You have to love the way they report on the negativity toward their plans “…Given the complex nature of many of the responses it is not easy to provide a clear indication of the number of people in favour of the scheme…” but the truly hilarious bit is that the 64 responses represent 0.4% of the population, what exactly does that prove??

  2. Paul M
    30/01/2013 at 17:33

    A payback period of 4 years would actually be pretty good for a long-term capital project. You can be sure that the payback period for a multi-storey at the station would be a lot longer than that. Payback periods for major road projects are closer to 20 years in reality and are rarely claimed to be less than 8-10 years.

    It is indeed a pity that so few people respond – did you, Andrew B? – butthe total number of respondents to the big statutory consultation last November wasn’t really that much better – 382 responses apparently, ie perhaps 2.5%. In fact, given that the total population of Haslemere is about 16,000, and about half of those can be assumed to be minors, the reponse rates are nearer 0.8% and 5% – still hardly emphatic.

  3. 31/01/2013 at 11:07

    Yes, I did – negatively I might add. I also wonder if the response rate had something to do with the fact that these changes aren’t well notified, I only found out via a last minute email through the chamber.

    And, on the matter of payback. Your using taxpayers money to pay for capital projects, the income doesn’t go toward repaying the taxpayer, it just pays for something else the council does. In that sense its not payback at all, until the council starts paying a dividend, in cash to the people they tax then you cannot use the term business-case at all.

    I would encourage everyone, including public sector workers to watch this programme


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