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Crescent car park set for major refurbishment

16 December 2022 : Council news, Community, Planning and development

The Crescent car park in Taunton is set for a major refurbishment in the new year.

The town centre car park which is popular with shoppers and people attending social events will be upgraded to create 150 car parking spaces all with more room between each bay enabling easier entry and exit to cars.

The refurbishment will increase the number of accessible parking spaces to 12 and there will be dedicated motorcycle parking areas.

The car park will benefit from the provision of 19 electric vehicle charging points to encourage uptake of electric vehicles in line with SWT’s commitment towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.

It will also provide a secure cycle shelter to promote cycling as a sustainable means of transport, supporting healthy lifestyles and environmental improvements with trees being introduced.

Cllr Mike Rigby, Executive Member for Planning, Transportation and Assets, said: “The refurbishment of this prime town centre car park will benefit our economy and the environment, making it the parking option of choice for people coming into town for shopping and social activities.

This work will see the car park brought up to a great standard which combined with the sustainable transport options is another step towards achieving our Garden Town ambitions.”

The Council’s preferred contractor following a competitive tendering process is Suttle Projects Limited who will begin work on site on 9 January 2023.

The refurbishment will happen in two phases so that at least half of the Crescent car park is open to users throughout the 22 week program. The first phase will see Crescent south car park closed between Monday 9 January and Saturday 4 March 2023.

Alternative parking is available at our other town centre car parks which have ample capacity.

This refurbishment is being funded through capital spending allocated in the budget for 2022/23 which also included the replacement of old ticket machines with new ones across the council’s car parks in West Somerset.