Town ‘should have more say’ on plans for £4m multi-storey car park in Berkhamsted

Councillors want more of a say about plans to build a multi-storey car park that could cost taxpayers £4m.

The plan – which would provide 200 extra spaces in Lower Kings Road – was considered at a meeting of Berkhamsted Town Council’s transport and environment committee.

Members heard they would not be allowed to see a feasibility report into the plan until it is discussed by Dacorum Borough Council’s cabinet in January.

The cabinet will then decide whether or not to pursue the proposal.

Town councillor Danny Bonnett said: “We are being presented with an option potentially because it appeals to Dacorum to make some money. We have got a parking concern, but I think we should be going to the residents of the town and asking them what they would like.”

Councillor Fiona Macdonald said that although everyone wants more parking spaces in town, they may expect the multi-storey to be provided free of charge.

A parking discussion forum was formed by the town council last year to give firms and householders a voice on how to resolve the shortage of spaces in Berkhamsted.

Councillor Tom Ritchie said many of them are experts in this field who are ‘trying to do the best for the town’.

The forum will not be shown a copy of the feasibility report before it goes to cabinet. It was originally due to go to cabinet in mid-November, but the date has been put back.

The committee agreed to support the multi-storey car park plan. Chairman Ian Reay said: “We would be happy for it to go through the planning process and the consultation that goes with it.”