Free short-stay parking to return in Romsey

Parking in the centre of Romsey will be returning to normal as works to the town’s Market Place are completed.

During Hampshire County Council’s work this year to create a piazza-style space in the centre, a number of free short-stay spaces were unavailable. To help minimise the impact, Test Valley Borough Council made a number of spaces in Lortemore Place car park free for one hour, so that shoppers could continue to park close to the centre.

With the Market Place works complete, the contractor’s compound in Church Place is due to be removed on Friday, August 16, meaning the parking spaces occupied will once again be available for the public to use from the following day. The spaces in Lortemore Place will then return to two-hour pay and display parking from September 16.

Deputy leader of Test Valley Borough Council, councillor Nick Adams-King, said: “I am pleased that we were able to offer a solution to this as I appreciate it was unfortunate that spaces were lost during the Market Place works.

“I’m very glad that the free short-stay parking spaces will be returning as I know how valued they were by visitors to the town. We’re continuing to invest in our car parks and will be installing new machines later this year that will enable card and contactless payment and we are always reviewing our parking arrangements to find the best balance for the people of Test Valley.”

Other long stay free parking for up to four hours in Romsey can be accessed via Romsey Rapids.