A rooftop car park in Farnborough has become the centre of a UK-wide controversy after it was discovered to have no vehicular access.
The 80-space car park, which is atop a gym and shopping complex in the Hampshire town, is no new development however. It has been empty since the building was completed five years ago, despite promises back then to residents of an adjacent apartment block for whom the parking was destined that it would be useable within weeks.
While the block's developer, St Modwen, denies that the car park is a secret, it has remained relatively under the radar until recently, when plans to redo two town centre car parks highlighted the problem of parking in the area.
Local councillor Gareth Lyon told The Independent: "We have a massive problem with car parking in Farnborough. To have had this huge car park lying empty defies belief. It is ridiculous."
St Modwen, which describes itself as the UK's leading regeneration specialist, is spearheading an £80m revival of Farnborough's town centre, under which the complex falls. A spokesperson for the company refused to comment on when the development would be completed and vehicle access to the car park built.