Work will begin later this month to help manage rainwater at a Wantage car park.

This is part of a major refurbishment at Portway car park, set to start on Monday, July 22, and will last for approximately eight weeks.

The work will include installing a rain garden, which collects water that runs off the car park surface. This will stop it from pooling and will prevent the drains from being overwhelmed during heavy rain.

The water is then filtered by the plants and soil, so cleaner water goes into the water table below.

The upgrade, delivered by Vale of White Horse District Council in partnership with Thames Water, will also enhance the car park's surface, lighting, a marked pedestrian footpath and biodiversity.

Unfortunately, during the timeline of this project, the number of available parking spaces will be significantly reduced.

Pedestrian access and access to the toilets will be maintained throughout the process, although it will be somewhat restricted from August 26 to September 1 while the final surfacing is completed.

These enhancements will bring many benefits, including an improved and safer parking experience as the car park is resurfaced to eliminate potholes.

Lighting is to be improved as well, making the car park more secure for all users.

Interestingly, the project includes a marked shared pedestrian footpath through the car park, enhancing safety for both drivers and pedestrians walking through.

A beautiful addition will be the increase in green spaces, particularly along the footpath.

This not only adds to the aesthetic appeal of the car park but also contributes to increased biodiversity.

Councillor Mark Coleman, deputy leader and cabinet member for environmental services and waste, said: "I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work alongside Thames Water to provide a natural solution to help reduce overwhelming the drains in this well-used car park.

"The work also means those who use the car park will benefit from a safer, greener, brighter facility.

"I’m particularly delighted that there will be an increase in green spaces as we know how important they are for improving mental wellbeing.

"I appreciate there may be some inconvenience to users while the work takes place and I’d like to thank them in advance for their patience.

"The wait will be worth it."

Alternatives to this car park are available at Limborough Road (OX12 9AJ) or Mill Street (OX12 9AJ) for those needing to park within the town.

Portway parking permits will be valid at these locations during this time.

Further information can be found at the Vale of White Horse District Council website.