Nicholsons car park could be torn down and replaced

The troublesome Nicholsons Centre car park could be torn down and replaced as part of the council’s regeneration strategy.

Cllr David Evans (Con, Hurley and Walthams), Royal Borough principal member for Maidenhead regeneration, said a development manager from the private sector was set to be announced by the council in the next couple of weeks.

The manager will be responsible for guiding the plans for the car park, in The Broadway, which includes the possibility of it being rebuilt and seeking planning permission for it.

At a regeneration talk held by the Maidenhead Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, November 9, Cllr Evans said: “The original plan was to tart up the Nicholsons car park, spend a bit of money and leave it as it is.”

Although the ultimate plan for the car park will be the responsibility of the development manager, Cllr Evans said the aim would be to include a ground floor that contained shops, so it fitted in with the Landing development opposite and the Nicholsons Centre itself.

The car park has been plagued by problems in recent years.

In March, a faulty payment system, installed in 2012, was replaced with a new one at a cost of £240,000 after it allowed free parking.

The new system was criticised over its accessibility and, in August, a power failure forced it to shut. It shut again in September for a similar reason.

Last month, the Advertiser reported a claim by the Design Working Group for the Maidenhead and Cox Green Neighbourhood Plan that the town needed 6,500 more parking spaces if 1.3 million sq ft of planned office space comes to fruition.

The Advertiser has also previously reported on plans to expand the Nicholsons car park to more than 1,000 spaces.

A spokesman for Vixcroft, which owns the Nicholsons Centre, said: “We are currently discussing with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead various options for the regeneration and revitalisation of Maidenhead.”

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