22nd Oct, 2017

Landmark multi-storey car park to close

Leamington Editorial 11th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

LINEN Street multi-storey car park in the heart of Warwick is to close – leaving a headache for council chiefs and residents.

The landmark structure is some 50 years old and is not worth repairing according to a report which was set to be considered by Warwick District Council’s Executive yesterday (Wednesday).

Repairs needed to the 237 capacity car park have been estimated at nearly £440,000 – which would only extend its life by three years.

As a result no repairs will be made in the coming year but the car park, which is open seven days a week, will be inspected monthly and is expected to shut completely within 12 months.

But the closure is still set to leave the council with a financial headache.

The report estimates it could cost as much as £500,000 to demolish the structure as it is in such a built up area.

And the car park also houses the CCTV system for the town, which it is estimated would cost at least £20,000 to move – and possibly more. The report recommends further investigation.

It would also cost around £5,000 to secure the closed down car park against trespassers.

Residents could also face a parking headache as 30 spaces are currently made exclusively for the use of households in Martinique Square, and a further 41 have been promised to future residents of proposed housing at the old Warwick Print Works on Theatre Street.

A decade ago the car park was branded one of the ugliest in Britain in a book published by the AA. It was compared to the dungeon at nearby Warwick Castle.

The committee was expected to agree to spend £20,000 on a study into future car parking needs across the district.

And the committee was also set to spend £120,000 on repairs and improvements needed to St Peter’s multi-storey in Leamington. With the investment St Peter’s could continue to provide 400 spaces for the next 20 years with regular annual maintenance.

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