News release: 15 May 2017

Car park contractor NCP plans to create an urban garden in the heart of St Albans as part of its community work, Councillors have been told.

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The company has teamed up with FoodSmiles St Albans, a group that promotes small-scale cultivation, to work on the project.

They plan to develop the garden beside the Russell Avenue car park near the City Centre.

The aim is to provide people with a tranquil spot where they can relax and learn about growing plants, vegetables, shrubs and flowers.

NCP manages several car parks on behalf of St Albans City and District Council and has committed to a number of community schemes.

Details of these initiatives were given to a meeting of the Council’s Car Parking Working Party on Tuesday 9 May.

Councillors were told the firm is one of the sponsors of the conversion of the Town Hall into a new £7.75 million Museum and Art Gallery.

This visitor attraction - due to be completed next spring – is intended to transform the City Centre and become a focus for cultural activity.

The meeting also heard that NCP has linked up with the St Albans and District Centre of Voluntary Service to help with a number of local projects. This has included clearing up wasteland and repainting social amenities.

The company also supports St Albans District Shopmobility – a scheme that provides wheelchairs and battery-powered scooters to help visitors with limited mobility get around the City.

An office for this initiative is located on the ground floor of the NCP-run Drovers Way car park.

Councillor Beric Read, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “I am pleased that the Car Parking Working Party is able to highlight NCP’s involvement in community projects.

“NCP is one of our major contractors, delivering an important and high profile role in managing many of our car parks.

“But as well as undertaking commercial activities, NCP has chosen to build close links with the community to help improve the City.

“Its work in this regard includes backing the shopmobility scheme, working in partnership with the CVS and providing welcome support to the new Museum.”

Councillor contact:
Councillor Beric Read, Portfolio Holder for Community Engagement and Localism for St Albans City and District Council. Mob: 07956 220264. Email:

Media contact: 
John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer, St Albans City and District Council. Tel: 01727-296130 E-mail: