Valet scheme could end parking chaos
Published 9 Jun 2012 10:00 0 Comments
VISITORS to Windsor could begin to benefit from a valet car parking service.
Critics of the town centre have long complained about the lack of available parking, especially at weekends and on bank holidays, but Paul Roach, Windsor and Eton town centre manager, is putting together a solution that could ease congestion.
As part of the town's unsuccessful bid for £100k funding from the Government's Portas Pilot scheme, Mr Roach discussed the idea with businesses of a valet service to park visitors' cars in private companies' parking spaces at the weekends. Speaking to The Observer, Mr Roach said: "The lack of parking in the town centre is not a problem that is going away and we should be doing everything we can to allow more people into Windsor to shop and eat and spend money.
"As part of our town bid we put forward this idea which would make the most out of parking spaces that are already there, but are not being used. It could also generate revenue for businesses."
If the idea is brought to fruition, visitors would drive to a designated spot in the town centre where they could get out and hand over their keys to a valet.
Councillor Natasha Airey, chairwoman of the Windsor Town Forum, believes the idea is worth exploring and said: "Obviously parking is a major issue in the town centre and if we want our town to continue growing then more spaces are needed.
"It is an idea in its early stages, but we will look at it to see if it is feasible."