North Somerset Council has resurfaced and redesigned the layout at Sand Road (bus terminus) car park to improve bus and pedestrian access, creating a safer and more accessible link with the local transport infrastructure.
Sturdy motorcycle parking rings and bike stand hoops have also been installed at the Sand Road car park, as well as a complete upgrade to the drainage system in the area. Electric vehicle charging points and improved street lighting have been installed, with CCTV to follow soon.
In addition, overgrown vegetation has been cleared and spaces relined at both the Sand Road car park as well as the car park at Beach Road (opposite the Commodore Hotel) to widen the parking bays and improve access for all.
Other improvements planned for later this year at the Beach Road car park include levelling the two sections of the car park to create further parking spaces and improved access to the beach.
North Somerset Council has been working closely with Kewstoke Parish Council to develop the plans to improve both car parks, which includes the introduction of a minimum 30-minute parking charge of 20p. Two hours parking will cost £1, and an annual permit costing £100 will also be available. Blue badge holders will be entitled to an additional hour of free parking time.
A proportion of the charges will be given to Kewstoke Parish Council each year to allow it to carry out maintenance work on the beach and in the areas near the car parks.
Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s executive member whose portfolio includes highways, said he was very pleased with the improvements made in the Sand Bay car parks.
“Kewstoke Parish Council came to us to ask what we could do to improve access to the car parks in their village, as well as help them generate an income to maintain the beach which is used by residents and visitors alike. The new surfaces, widened bays and up-to-date facilities at both car parks are a vast improvement,” he said.
Jim MacDonald, chairman of Kewstoke Parish Council, said: “The work done in the terminus car park looks great. It’s a real asset to the parish of Kewstoke. It will also resolve the age old problem of the old car park flooding in the winter.
“The extra capacity created at both the terminus car park and the car park opposite the Commodore Hotel will be welcomed by our visitors. The parking restrictions being brought in at the same time will ensure that our residents and emergency services are able to get access to their properties.
“The additional revenue from the pay and display will go some way to help us maintain our unique and beautiful parish for all.”
Both car parks have now re-opened. Car parking charges are planned to be introduced from Wednesday 13 March and will apply between 8am and 6pm, seven days a week.