Monthly Archives: July 2014

Approval Secured for Exceptional New Car Parking

We recently gained planning consent for additional car parking as part of a package of measures to address car parking issues at Tesco head office at Shire Park in Welwyn Garden City. The office accommodates over 5,000 members of staff and had around 2,500 car parking spaces. We carried out a Travel Survey of Tesco employees to determine existing travel patterns and identify possible ways of influencing a change in them. A high number of employees choose to drive to work, creating a demand which far exceeds supply of car parking resulting in double parking and parking on nearby residential streets.

The findings of the travel survey enabled us to develop a comprehensive Travel Plan which included measures such as the introduction of an incentivised car sharing scheme, priority car parking spaces, enhanced changing facilities, and the installation of barrier controls at individual car parks to restrict occupancy and better manage supply. An on-site Travel Plan Coordinator formed a key element of the Travel Plan and has been instrumental in taking the Travel Plan forward.

As an intrinsic part of these measures, a permanent decked extension to the car park was proposed providing an additional 440 spaces, and a permanent consent for a previous temporary consent for around 230 spaces was sought. This total level of car parking exceed that set out in local planning guidance but our analysis, alongside a robust package of measures to improve the active and sustainable transport offer, resulted in approval for the additional 670 spaces, thereby providing a better quality working environment for Tesco staff, and relieving significant on-street issues in the surrounding area.

The 500 Mile Pedalo Prepares!

We are sponsoring The 500 Mile Pedalo in their mission to pedalo round the Scottish coast. Their latest newsletter is reproduced below to highlight their epic endeavours.


First of all, thank you to everyone for the amazing level of support we have been getting – it is really helping us with our hours of training and admin to know how much behind us everyone is.

So, two weekends ago (July 13) was our final test of the pedalo following its repair by the boatyard (see below) and we are pleased to report we managed a full four hours of proper pedalling without incident. Result!

The next week

Today marks 10 days from the official launch (umm…. nervous and exciting!) and over the next week and a half we will be sending you lots of awesome emails, including a video from HSBC TV, a partnership with Malkin and Toad and many more exciting ways for you to get involved when we are pedaloing round Scotland.

As a thank you to everyone who has been involved so far we made this video.

Start date

We are now prepping the boat, ourselves and our bags for the trip up north to Inverness. If you want to see us off please come to the Caley Marina Canal Rd, Inverness, Invernesshire IV3 8NF on 2 August for 9.30am to see us launch the 500-Mile Pedalo adventure!

We are so excited to be starting the trip that has been so long in the making, and couldn’t have got this far without all the amazing support from family, friends and other people keen to support the two amazing causes we are raising money for with this trip – Cancer Research UK and Parkinson’s UK.

We haven’t reached our target yet, […]