£150k of work to town centre car park

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A POPULAR town centre car park is to be closed for several weeks while £150,000 improvement work is being carried out.

The Basement Car Park adjacent to the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool, will be shut to both vehicles and pedestrians for around three weeks from Monday, October 1.

The improvement scheme will include a full re-surfacing of the car park, re-marking of bays, pedestrian walkways and crossing points, creation of additional disabled parking bays, re-location of electric vehicle bays, better lighting, refurbishment of the fume extraction units and re-painting of walls and ducting units.

Phil Hepburn, Hartlepool Borough Council’s parking services manager, said: “Although it is inevitable that there will be some disruption - and we would like to apologise in advance for this, the works will result in an improved car park for all users.

“This scheme has been scheduled to minimise its impact on shoppers and the shopping centre, and the aim is to complete it ahead of the busiest pre-Christmas period.”

Whilst work is being carried out,

A temporary traffic management scheme will operate in the Westside Car Park, next to the Basement Car Park, while the work is being sacrried out.

But on Thursdays, when the market is held, there will be no access for vehicles to Westside from Villiers Street.

Mr Hepburn added: “During the improvement scheme there will be plenty of alternative parking spaces in the other town centre car parks. For convenient access to the shopping centre, we would recommend that motorists use the multi-storey car park which is accessed from Stockton Street.

“Pedestrian access from York Road into the shopping centre will be maintained via the ramp alongside the Central Library.”