A major overhaul of parking is due to take place in Tunbridge Wells over the coming years as the council aims to tackle a shortfall of spaces and revive ageing infrastructure in a bid to develop and regenerate Tunbridge Wells town centre.
Among the schemes aimed at improving capacity is a £3.2million extension of Crescent Road car park to provide an additional 90 spaces to the 1085 currently available. The council expects a return on the price of providing the extra spaces within 39 years.
The proposed expansion is on top of a planned £2.8 million refurbishment of the ageing facility scheduled to begin in the early summer, bringing the total cost to £6 million. However, upgrading and expanding the car park will cause a degree of disruption during the 12 month project.
Council documents suggest up to 25 per cent capacity will be unusable at any one time as repairs are undertaken to the concrete structure.
It is proposed that disruption is ‘minimised’ by ensuring that if the provision of extra spaces goes ahead it overlaps with the maintenance works and begins by the autumn.
Council Leader David Jukes said there would be ‘no impact’ on traffic along Crescent Road, and said the council has been actively seeking new sites for car parking, but would not disclose if anywhere suitable has yet been identified.