HEDON Town Council has been successful in receiving a grant from the High Street Fund for its railway station Car Park scheme.
£10,000 has been granted by the High Street Fund (administered by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council) to extend the car park at the site of the old railway station located at Preston Road/Souttergate junction.
The success in obtaining a grant was announced by Councillor Gordon Thurston, chair of the town council’s Finance & General Purposes committee, at the annual Hedon town meeting held last Thursday (14th April 2016). The scheme is expected to be further funded by the East Riding Council directly and when complete will see an additional 38 parking spaces constructed to complement the existing 14 spaces currently available.
The scheme is not without its controversy, however, as it relies on more visitors to the town centre opting to park up at the former Hedon railway station land and make the short 5-10 minute walk into Hedon centre. There are also concerns that the development at the old railway station might spoil the appearance and historic character of the area.
The Annual Town meeting was attended by councillors in their capacity as members of the public, but only three non-councillors came along, so quite a poor turn-out to hear the news.