Petersfield has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the first time – as the world’s largest active car park.
Delighted councillors have been patting themselves on the back upon hearing the news, which follows their failure to recruit another traffic warden for the town.
One said: “This really puts Petersfield on the map – the only problem being that when people visit they won’t be able to get into the town because of the number of cars blocking the roads.”
A spokesman for the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed Petersfield’s entry.
He said: “There are larger car park areas in the world - such as those at Disney in Florida -but many of them allocate ‘live’ areas meaning they’re not always in use.
“But it appears that any area in Petersfield is currently open to use as a car parking space. It’s an innovative scheme which is sure to bring the town to people’s attention, particularly when there’s an emergency and the fire brigade and ambulances can’t get through.”
News of the town’s status has already attracted celebrity interest with Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes confirming he is planning to put together a team to make it through the town on a market day.