The 20th of January was a bright sunny winters day so I decided to go into Chichester city to look at and photograph available spare car park capacity outside the city walls. This may help answer the question: Is there enough parking capacity outside the city walls to cater for redirected parking on Car Free Sundays?
The Multi-Storey Car Park is Virtually Empty on January Sundays!
I arrived at around 10:35 Am. When I arrived, there were few cars using the multistorey and a number of children were using the quiet top two decks to ride bicycles and scooters. I wanted to get their permission for a photo but the sight of a strange lone adult riding around the car-park on a bike caused them to look at me suspiciously and they quickly left .
North St Car Park has Significant Spare Capacity
Market St Car Park was Heavily Used but still had Spare Spaces
Perhaps the successfully Sunday Car-boot sale and Market could be moved into the city on Car Free Sundays. This would free up space inside the market street car park. Vendors could purchase a ticket and arrive and depart at managed times to prevent pedestrian conflict with traffic.
Comparison of Car Park Areas
The image below shows aerial images (taken from Bing Maps) of three car parks in Chichester, arranged together so that their areas can be easily compared. All three combined images are to the same scale. However the date on which the images were taken is not known.
On days similar to this Sunday the 20th of January, the spare capacity on the top deck of the Multistorey carpark could by itself easily absorb cars redirected from both the Little London and Baffin’s Lane car parks. That would be the case even if both Little London and Baffin’s Lane car parks were used to their full capacities, which they were not on the 20th January.
There may be variation in parking demand throughout the year. However in January there appears to ample parking capacity outside the city walls to cater for car-parks within the city walls to be closed on car free days. There is certainly enough spare capacity to absorb cars from Little London and Baffin’s Lane car parks. This could allow the ends of both East St and North St to be freed from traffic all the way up to the Hornet Gyratory and Midhurst Roundabout.