As part of the development at Market Place Mews (Gardiner Place) there will be changes to the Kings Road (Waitrose) car park with effect from Monday 25 March until mid-April 2020.
The southern entrance (closest to Town Hall) will be closed to allow for work to progress on the site. This closure has been developed and agreed with South Oxfordshire District Council who own the car park and was considered to be the most appropriate of a number of proposals which were assessed.
Entrance to the car park will only be via the library entrance and there will be a one-way system introduced in the car park (see map above). Exit from the car park can be via the library end entrance or via the Waitrose/Bell Street exit.
With the loss of over 15 car parking spaces already from the car park next to the King’s Arm Barn and the car park being full the majority of the time with cars queuing to find a space, the impact of this closure will surely mean that queues into the car park will block Kings Road which will then impact on other roads around the town. We’ve seen this happen so often over the last few years.
Perhaps the message is to travel by the local bus? However this travels along Kings Road on the route to the hospital and the Abrahams estate too.
We asked the developers Catalyst Capital if they had contingency plans in place if this was to happen, we haven’t received a response from them to date.
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