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Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00 by Janet Robinson
THE FORMER Co-Op car park in Hinckley will reopen to the public from Monday 24 October, after the Borough Council stepped in to buy the site.
The move is a temporary measure by the Council to benefit town centre shoppers and businesses, which have seen a downturn in activity since January, until a new owner can be found for the site on a permanent basis. More »
The 116 space car park, which is just off Hill Street, closed with the Co-Op store in January this year.
Since then, the Borough Council has been seeking to find a means to reopen the car park as soon as possible.
The new car park, to be called Castle car park (Hill Street), will operate as both a short and long stay pay and display car park, run initially by Hinckley BID, until the council takes over later in the year, when a new Parking Order has been approved. Parking rates will be 50p for up to one hour, £1 for up to two hours, £1.30 for up to five hours and £2.40 for over five hours.
In line with all other council car parks, charges will apply from 8am until 6pm Monday to Saturday with free parking after 6pm and on Sundays. Parking is free for all disabled (blue badge) users and both long stay car parking passes and leisure centre member passes will be valid for use on this car park.
At the same time a new pedestrian access will be created linking the car park directly with Argents Mead for the convenience of town centre shoppers and leisure centre users, as well as providing an easily accessible route for users of wheelchairs and pushchairs. The new path will be located towards the bottom of the car park to the side of Argents Mead pond.
Leader of the Borough Council, Councillor Mike Hall, said: "The Council has taken this step, in exceptional circumstances, to secure the car parking capacity in this part of Hinckley, which is essential for the viability of the town.
"This will ease the pressure on our other car parks and provide shoppers with much needed space during the Christmas period.
"We now have the future of this site in our control and officers are working on plans to lease, sell or develop those parts not required for parking." » Less
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:58 by Janet Robinson
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Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:53 by Janet Robinson
Message from Brian Golder Parish Chair