A WIMBORNE councillor has come up with an idea to solve the town's car parking problems.
The issue - which has long been rumbling - was highlighted recently when East Dorset District Council gave permission for development of housing on the site of the car park in Old Road.
County, district and town councillor Robin Cook has suggested that a new multi-storey car park could be the answer.
Mr Cook said: "Since becoming a councillor 10 years ago, the subject that most often comes to me via my inbox, post bag, phone, or face to face is the issue of car parking in Wimborne. "Too many yellow lines, too few yellow lines, lack of on street provision for workers, lack of on street provision for residents, too few spaces for the 'quick' shopper, car park costs, and so on."
He added that it was unfortunate to lose the car park spaces in Old Road but the type of accommodation proposed was desperately needed. He said figures showed a low usage.
Mr Cook has suggested that the site of the Poole Road car park would be a good location for a multi-storey facility.
"It is close to the town centre but would not be intrusive on the existing infrastructure. Access is easy and away from the main traffic routes. It is unlikely that the existing footprint would need to increase by much, if at all, to achieve a suitable number of additional spaces," he said.
"The Core Strategy document suggests an Area Brief in policy WMC2 which includes 'a public car parking assessment for Wimborne town Centre'. We have an ideal opportunity before us now with the forward plan for the Wimborne area to take this proposal forward, " Mr Cook said, adding that it should be 'pay on exit'.
"Just to prevent me being accused of 'NIMBYism', I live in Poole Road and can see the existing car park from my window," concluded Mr Cook.
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