Free spaces on opening day of new Waterside North car park

A new town centre car park is to be opened to the public in Aylesbury next week – and drivers will be given a space for free on the first day.

The open air pay and display car park is in Waterside North behind the old County Council offices, opposite the Waterside Theatre, with the entrance being in Exchange Street. In all, there are 98 spaces including six bays for Disabled Blue Badge holders.

It will officially open at 9.30am on Wednesday, November 18and is owned and run by the County Council. Charges will be in line with the adjacent Exchange Street car park.

The new car park is part of the Waterside North Masterplan, a collaboration between Buckinghamshire County Council, Aylesbury Vale District Council and Aylesbury Vale Advantage. The extra space will now allow for the redevelopment of part of the existing Exchange Street car park by the District Council.This area has been earmarked as a location for more restaurants, shops, housing and public space.

Council Leader Martin Tett said: “The public have told us that parking in Aylesbury town centre is important to them. Not only does this benefit traders and visitors to the town, but it also helps the next phase of the regeneration of this part of Aylesbury.

“The wider plan is to bring houses, restaurants, and a new public boulevard to the town, and the new car park brings us another step nearer to achieving this.”

The car park is built on land which previously housed the old police station and the two rear wings ofold CountyOffices,but the front section and attractive façade of the building remain.

The new car park will be free to park in on its first day after 9.30am until the new charges apply from 8.00am the following day.