Following a meeting with the Overton Business Association, Sir George wrote to Basingstoke & Deane Council asking for a survey of carparking in the village. ( See news item for February 8th )
"I have now had a reply - see below - and am pleased that progress is being made."
Thank you for your letter of 11th February 2002 regarding car parking in Overton. I apologise for the delay in responding to your letter. However, this was due to on-going discussions with the Overton Business Association on the detail of the survey to be undertaken, and it was considered prudent to delay a response in order that more information could be included.
It is proposed to carry out a survey of the availability of car parking in the centre of Overton to firstly establish the current supply of spaces. It is then proposed to conduct a survey throughout the day on a weekday and on a Saturday in order to determine what the demand for car parking is. This will examine both legally parked vehicles and those deemed to be parked illegally, the results of which will give an indication as to the need to provide additional facilities. Draft Terms of Reference for the survey have recently been forwarded to the Business Association, and these were considered at its Annual General Meeting on the 5th March. A response was received shortly afterwards which indicated that there is broad agreement with the proposals for the survey and it is expected that the work will be carried out in coming weeks.
It is the Borough Council's intention to report the findings and the options for improvement, to the next meeting of the Business Association on the 14th May. I will ensure that a copy is also sent to you, for your information.
Traffic and Transport Manager