New parking spaces planned for St Albans city centre

Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre

Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre - Credit: Archant

A temporary car park at Westminster Lodge in St Albans could be resurfaced to provide an additional 60 to 70 places for visitors to Verulamium Park and other parts of the city.

St Albans council’s cabinet is to look at resurfacing the car park, the former depot site to the south of the existing parking at Westminster Lodge, at its meeting tomorrow night.

Funding is already in place to pay for the work and resurfacing should be completed in early summer.

Parking in and around Verulamium Park is a thorny issue, particularly in the summer months when there is an increase in the number of families that use it, particularly its splash pool and other facilities.

The council is also looking at several other recommendations made by a Verulamium Park task group including installing temporary or permanent parking at the museum end of the park and improving the existing layout at both the museum and Westminster Lodge car parks to provide additional spaces.

Community engagement and localism portfolio holder, Cllr Beric Read, said: “There is great demand for parking in Verulamium Park from visitors to the park, Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, Verulamium Museum, St Albans Cathedral and the city centre.

“Supporting the visitor economy is a council priority. We are looking at options to help increase parking provision that are also sensitive to the park environment. We are also looking at creating a new walking entrance to the park along the River Ver to improve access for people on foot.”