Moves afoot to find more car parking space in Midhurst

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MOVES are being made to try and find more permanent parking space in Midhurst.

The news came in the wake of a Midhurst traders’ bid to tackle what they have claimed is a ‘desperate’ shortage of parking space in the town which they say is driving shoppers away.

At a full meeting of the town council, Judith Auchard said she understood a great deal of work was being carried out to try and create more space in the existing Grange and North Street car parks. But she asked: “What about additional car parks in the town?”

One of Midhurst’s Chichester district councillors, also a town councillor, Gordon McAra, told her he had had a site meeting with the district council’s portfolio holder for parking John Connor and he assured town councillors ‘there is progress’.

He said one of the biggest problems would be the loss of parking space at the Grange car park through the arrival of contractors’ vehicles when building on the new Grange development started. He said it was possible contractors could park at the Bepton Road depot and be bussed onto the Grange site.

It was important, he said, to ensure retailers were not affected.