Free car parking voucher brings Christmas cheer

The Council has  launched free one hour Christmas parking vouchers for Romsey. The vouchers will be available from week commencing 11 November at participating retailers and from the Council’s customer service facility at the Former Magistrates’ Court in the heart of the town.

 Free parking for an extra hour will be available to all those displaying the voucher alongside a valid pay and display ticket or Ringo payment purchased for a minimum of one hour. The combination of free parking after 4pm and the Christmas vouchers will provide an added incentive to encourage shoppers to come and enjoy what Romsey has to offer for the festive season. 

 The vouchers will be valid in all Council car parks in Romsey on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays from 2 to 18 December.

Pay and display parking Former Magistrates’ Court – Romsey

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Extra public pay and display parking spaces are proposed for the Former Magistrates’ Court car park in Romsey.

A planning application for a change of use from a private to a public car park has been submitted this week. A revised parking order is also being prepared. If approved this would see an extra 11 spaces available on week days and 20 at weekends, in addition to a permanent disabled bay. During the week some spaces are retained for use by visitors to the Council’s customer service facility and Hampshire County Council.

The change of use follows approval by the Council to a series of proposals to help improve car parking in the town for shoppers and visitors. Other plans to create additional and more flexible parking options are being progressed. These include the creation of additional, reduced cost, long stay car parking at Romsey Rapids for those working in the town and to help alleviate parking pressures at the leisure centre at peak recreation times. This would then clear the way to free up more short and medium term spaces in the town centre for shoppers. The longer term parking needs of the town will be considered as part of the Council’s Romsey Future project.

Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transport, Councillor Martin Hatley, said: “I am pleased that the plans to introduce additional pay and display car parking in the Former Magistrates’ Court are being progressed. We are committed to supporting Romsey’s local residents, visitors and businesses alike and will continue our work to create the right conditions to help the local economy flourish. Our plans to improve car parking will help to increase the number of customers visiting stores in the town and improve the experience for shoppers.

“I look forward to seeing the plans for increasing the number of car parking spaces at Romsey Rapids and to using the Romsey Future project to develop longer term options.”

If the change of use is approved we anticipate the car park being operational by early November.