Just when you thought construction work in the Wellington Retail Park was all over with Sainsbury’s opening late last year, you may be surprised (or not!) to find that more construction work is now under way.
If you’ve been up to Waterlooville in the past week you’ll have noticed some of the car park has been cordoned off. There are areas where the car park is being dug up and there is a large area by the new walkway that just this morning (Monday 12 January) had 2 white shipping containers delivered as makeshift portable offices.
The fact is that three more retail units (‘pods’) are to be constructed. There is no information yet as to what the new shops will be, but it’s reasonable to assume that there will possibly be a cafe/restaurant/fast food establishment of some description – or perhaps three? There is provision for a paved area out the front and public seating will also be provided; an ideal place for tables and chairs perhaps?
The car park will lose 25 car parking spaces overall, reducing from 562 to 537 spaces. There are a few new spaces outside Home Bargains being created to counteract some of the loss. There will be a circulation pattern change for cars and the planning application hopes the changes will be more pedestrian friendly. The entrance to the car park from the Maurepaus Way roundabout also appears to be in the middle of being widened.
Cyclists will also get 14 new cycle parking spaces with the construction of a covered bicycle unit in the form of ‘Sheffield’ stands near the new ramp.
What do you think will be in the new retail units? Will this make Wellington Retail Park a destination in it’s own right? Will you need to go into the town centre at all?