Deputy Kevin Lewis, Minister for Transport and Technical Services (TTS) has led a review into the options for increasing the amount of shopper car parking spaces at Snow Hill Car Park. He has now published the study which concludes that a single extra floor providing an additional 90 spaces is the most appropriate option.
Over the years many different options for extending Snow Hill Car Park have been put forward, however there have been issues over aspects of the proposals which has meant no scheme has been developed past the concept stage.
The review, ‘The Snow Hill Car Park Expansion, St Helier: Options Study’ considered all the previous schemes and evaluated them. Generally they were found not to meet current expectations in terms of planning, heritage and design standards. However, three parking expansion concepts were felt to be worthy of further consideration: an automated car park system; a multi-storey car park; and a single additional deck linked to Regent Road.
TTS developed each of these options to a basic layout stage with outline costs and presented these possible schemes at a workshop for key stakeholders. Unanimous preference was shown for a single deck structure with access from Regent Road. This would provide about 90 additional spaces at a cost of about £4.8m.
The Minister of TTS has stated that whilst the Car Park Trading Account is committed, £2.4m would be an appropriate amount to release for this project. Therefore, for the expansion of the Snow Hill Car Park to proceed matched funding, as an economic stimulus to town centre trade would have to be found.
Deputy Kevin Lewis, Minister for TTS said: ”Now that the study has been completed and the report published, I would like to set up a high level working group, in conjunction with the Treasury Minister, to find the additional resources needed and progress this concept and allow additional shopper parking to be provided at this central site, in a short timescale.”