Rob Wilson MP Welcomes Resurfacing of Budgens Precinct Car Park
On Saturday Rob Wilson MP met with Mr Karim Rashid, the new owner of the precinct and car park. They were joined by Conservative Peppard Ward Councillors Richard Willis and Jane Stanford-Beale, together with Mr Simon Watson, the Budgens’ store manager. They walked around the car park and the shops while Mr Rashid explained his plans for the car park. The plans include improved drainage, substantial resurfacing, removal of the cobbled areas to create more parking bays, relining of the bays, and clearer and wider disabled parking bays. The work starts on Monday 3 February and is expected to take up to two weeks.
Mr Rashid explained that, contrary to previous suggestions, he was not planning to introduce a system of pay and display. Barriers will be put in front of the shops to protect the paving slabs and ensure that delivery vehicles use the rear access to the shops.
Rob said “I am delighted to see these works getting under way. Many constituents have written to me about the state of car park and I know that before Mr Rashid bought the rights to the car park only occasional patching was undertaken. Substantial repairs to the car park have been hard to achieve because of the high cost to the other shopkeepers. I am pleased that Mr Rashid has now found a local contractor prepared to complete the works at an affordable cost to the smaller shopkeepers.”
Cllr Richard Willis said “My colleague Jane and I have been keen to see a proper resurfacing of the car park in a way which is affordable for the local shopkeepers. The state of the car park has been an issue which has been regularly raised with us. I am sure that local residents and other shoppers will be happy to put up with the short-term inconvenience of these much needed repairs to get this free car park back up and running.”
Cllr Jane Stanford-Beale said, “This is great news. I have had many meetings with the shopkeepers to try to get some progress and am pleased that Mr Rashid has found a solution which is actually going ahead.”
Cllr Richard Willis agreed to take up the issue of the potholes in the Council owned Cavendish Road behind the shops. The road will be getting more use when the bollards in front of the shops are introduced.