Windsor coach and car park set to be replaced

A popular car and coach park in Windsor is set to be replaced – with new details about the future of the site revealed.

Alexandra Garden’s 4.58 acre parking area could become a ‘mixed use’ development, with car parking moved elsewhere in Windsor.

The coach park would also be relocated and replaced and have a coach drop off point.

The plans, discussed by Barbara Richardson, managing director of The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s property company at a Maidenhead Town Forum on Wednesday, also suggested the 2.3 acre Baths Island could also be developed.

However, no further details on development on Baths Island were given at the meeting.

Plans to develop the Alexandra Gardens car park site were previously put on held for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The forum ahead ‘joint venture partners’ for the scheme are yet to be selected, with the process set to take place over the summer and a public consultation to held next year.

Barbara Richardson said: “We will be looking at a vision for Windsor when we do this similar to the one in Maidenhead as this will have significant land receipts for the local authority and it will give us the ability to look at the wider Windsor town centre and what connectivity and issues, we need to deal with there.”

The chair of the Maidenhead town forum, councillor David Coppinger (Con: Bray) jokingly said: “I’m delighted that Windsor has now become part of Maidenhead. It’s about time.”

Windsor political groups and councillors questioned why this wasn’t revealed at a Windsor town forum rather than the Maidenhead one.

Councillor Lynne Jones (Old Windsor), leader of the independents, wrote on social media: “I was astonished that a development project for Baths Island was announced at a Maidenhead town forum.

“No mention of it at Windsor town forum this week.

“This area was not proposed for development in the Borough Local Plan and on the borough website is designated as public open space.”

Chairman of independent West Windsor Residents’ Association group, Richard Endacott said: “Not so great to hear of plans to regenerate Alexandra Gardens in WINDSOR via the MAIDENHEAD town forum.

“Can anyone explain why they thought that was appropriate?”

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