Bourton car park to close for months as major development gets underway

A car park is set to undergo some major changes.

A complete redesign of Rissington Road car park in Bourton will take place thanks to a £374,000 investment from the Cotswold District Council.

The project is aimed at “future-proofing” the site and improving user experience, making it more accessible.

Work is scheduled to take around four months to complete, during which time the car park will be closed.

Councillor Mike Evemy, deputy leader and cabinet member for finance, said: “This scheme is an excellent investment in the future of Bourton-on-the-Water.

“The improvements to Rissington Road car park will provide a modern, accessible facility and improve the experience of visitors to the village who use this car park.

“We know that the car park is important for the tourist trade, which is why we have scheduled the works to take place in the winter months when visitor numbers to the village are at their lowest.”

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The entire car park, which will have a new layout, will be resurfaced with tarmac and will have a new drainage system introduced.

These measures are designed to reduce maintenance works and improve the overall aesthetic of the area.

There will also be additional and improved disabled parking facilities, the installation of eight electric vehicle bays, and the introduction of wider parking bays to suit modern vehicles.

Furthermore, the funds will see the installation of more energy-efficient LED lighting which will both improve visibility at the site and reduce energy usage.

Councillor Evemy added: “The addition of electric vehicle charging points in this car park is part of our wider ambition to promote sustainable travel, helping us to tackle climate change.”

Work is set to begin on Monday, October 31, and it is due to be completed by Spring of next year.

Anyone planning to visit the village in the meantime is advised to find alternative parking, with more information available at

A council spokesperson said: “We ask that road users please respect the village while the car park is closed and always ensure to park legally and safely.”

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