Hastings Direct to expand its car park by extra 191 spaces

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Work to expand the car park at Hastings Direct is due to start this month.

The insurance firm, based in Collington Avenue, confirmed to residents that it intends to create an extra 191 spaces.

Hastings Direct’s chief executive officer (CEO), Gary Hoffman, recently met with Collington Residents Action Group (CRAG) to outline the plans.

Just before last Christmas, planning permission was granted for the firm to expand its car park in a bid to alleviate parking issues in surrounding residential streets.

Once work begins, it is expected to take up to six months to complete.

Last year Hastings Direct also unveiled a raft of measures aimed at reducing the number of staff cars parked on surrounding residential streets.

These included initiatives to get staff working from alternative locations, improving cycle facilities at the firm’s offices at Conquest House to encourage more staff to cycle to work and launching a car-sharing programme.

Mr Hoffman said: “We committed to Collington residents that we would put plans in place to make a significant difference to the parking challenges experienced in the area.

“This extension to our car park, along with other travel initiatives, including car sharing, rail travel, and cycling to work will hopefully make that difference.

“I would like to thank the residents for working with us during this time and also for their patience.”

Steve Davis, CRAG spokesman, said: “We would like to thank Hastings Direct for its positive response to our residents’ concerns and welcome the potential start date of June 15 when work will commence on its car park.

“We are looking forward to future collaboration in continuing to resolve the rest of our concerns over the next few months.

“We are pleased that Hastings Direct has taken responsibility of its problem. We do, however, understand that this is only the start of resolving the issue but is a great step forward.

“CRAG is hoping to be able to have direct access with both Rother District Council and the county council, especially before the parking review for Bexhill and Collington areas. These are to be finalised and go out to consultation soon.”#

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