We suggest some serious, and not so serious, ideas for the Parson’s Barracks car park site
A “range of options” are being considered for the redevelopment of Parson’s Barracks car park in Aldershot.
The 167-space car park, off Ordnance Road, is one of three council-owned sites, along with Union Street and Farnborough Civic Quarter, that has been identified for potential regeneration.
Rushmoor Borough Council (RBC) claims the current car park, often used by Aldershot Town fans, is “underutilised” and its regeneration would support the delivery of plans to redevelop much of Union Street.
Official plans are likely to be released to the public in the near future, but two days of public consultations, on Thursday (January 16) and Saturday (January 18) have been held to gauge public opinion on any proposals.
With the council stating that a range of options are being discussed, we came up with some alternative ideas, some more serious than others, for what the large car park could be redeveloped into.
Speculation has been rising that the car park may become the site of a new care home.
When approached, RBC said that no decisions have been made and discussions over plans for the site are ongoing.
Conservative councillor for Wellington, Prabesh KC, confirmed that a care home is one of the ideas in the offing for the car park.
Leisure centres, student accommodation, hotels, a food store and community space have all formed part of initial proposals for Union Street and Farnborough Civic Quarter, so a care home would definitely be a different path.
The car park is situated right next to the EBB stadium, so it would definitely be convenient. Just very unrealistic.
Access would be easy for players, too, with the option of a five-minute walk to and from the train station or just a short drive from the A331.
Aldershot Town recently agreed a 118-year lease with the council, worth just £1 annually, to aid the redevelopment of the football ground and its surrounding areas.
This includes taking control of three dilapidated tennis courts, which could surely be redeveloped into something to do with the training ground.
Aldi withdrew a planning application to move into Farnborough Gate on Wednesday (January 15).
It had been recommended for refusal anyway, but could the Parson’s Barracks car park become home to a Rushmoor Aldi?
Probably not, but an Aldi would be popular in the area and rival the existing Morrisons and Tesco stores in the town.
It would be similar to the newly-built Tesco store outside of fellow Hampshire club Portsmouth’s Fratton Park.
Football club shop
An Aldershot Town megastore would go down a treat with fans of the Conference National side.
The football club averages attendances of close to 2,000 people each week, and you can bet a large proportion of that figure would happily browse the store.
It would also aid in the redevelopment works the club are undertaking mentioned earlier. The current club shop is based on A323 High Street close to the turnstiles for home fans.
Duke of Wellington statue
Why not move the iconic statue closer to the town centre? A question on nobody’s lips.
It is currently situated to the west of the town, close to Claycart Road, where it has been since being moved from London in 1885.
The 30-foot high statue could sit proudly over the football stadium and would have a much higher footfall past the monument representing Aldershot’s military links.
Many military personnel have moved out of Aldershot, so let’s move the statue in.
A Primark megastore would surely prove popular.
Labour councillor for Wellington ward Nadia Martin said Aldershot was “in need of more clothes shops” due to the only big name brand offerings coming in the form of a Peacocks and New Look.
A Primark would be an ideal way to fill this the void.
Currently Aldershot residents have to travel to Camberley or Woking for their nearest store.
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