Berkhamsted multi-storey car park plan could cost more than £3,000,000

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The cost of building a new multi-storey car park planned for the centre of Berkhamsted has been estimated at more than £3m.

Dacorum Borough Council announced the plan for the existing Lower Kings Road car park on Friday as a way of tackling a shortage of parking in the town.

Council leader Andrew Williams revealed the £3m estimated cost of the building project today (Monday).

He said: “It’s more expensive, because of its location – we need to make sure it fits in with the conservation area.”

His announcement coincides with a public consultation that is due to be launched on Wednesday about the introduction of residents-only parking zones around the town’s train station and Charles Street.

The car park plan got mixed reviews when the Gazette asked people what they thought in Berkhamsted High Street on Friday.

Annette Campbell, from the town, said: “If it’s going to be a horrible, concrete structure, it just ruins the town, really.”

But Hannah Walters, who works in the are and lives in Hemel Hempstead, said: “I think it would be better as it would take cars off the side streets and free up space for people that live there.”

Sarah Thompson tweeted @BerkhamstedGazette to say: “A multi-storey car park could spoil the look of the town. We’ll lose the feel of being a ‘country’ market town.”

Alison Richardson tweeted: “Noooooooooooooooooooo! I don’t even live there any more, but it’s just wrong!”

But Mr Williams said: “Car parks are never going to be beautiful, but we want to produce something that’s going to look good in its location rather than a concrete monstrosity.”

He said it could be useful for the estimated 200 people who work and shop in Berkhamsted who will be displaced if the residents-only parking zones go ahead.