Budget hotel chain Travelodge are hoping to open a new motel in Eastleigh – one without a car park. More details of the proposed hotel, restaurant and shops on council land in upper market street have emerged at a public exhibition which closed early due to lack of public interest.
The exhibition, hailed a success by Eastleigh Council’s business partner ‘The Daily Echo’ was held at at council owned Wessex house by council business partners Cordwell property, and was scheduled to be open to the public until 5pm.
However when one Eastleigh News reader arrived at 4.45pm he was told the exhibition had closed as not many people had attended – mainly just the staff of Wessex house during their lunch break.
The planned Hotel will occupy half of the former site of the Crown Inn on Station Hill which had been bulldozed to make way for flats and shops.
Although the original plan was not progressed due the recession, the council have included the site in their portfolio of town centre land and property – purchased with borrowed money -and is attempting to kick start further development.
A motel without a car park fits in well with the councils current anti-car strategy and will give Eastleigh a hotel in the town centre although research by Eastleigh News shows there are already five hotels, including the Holiday Inn and two Premier Inns all in one mile radius of the town centre offering a total of 410 rooms.
All the hotels reported spare capacity for a variety of queried dates.
It is hoped that the new development will create up to 16 low paid jobs.
There are currently 5000 names on the council housing list.
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