Eleven additional free parking zones will mitigate closure of multi-storey car park this summer
Free weekend parking will be made available at 11 additional sites across the town centre this summer - creating hundreds of new spaces that will mitigate the impact of the forthcoming closure of the multi-storey car park.
The multi-storey car park is set for closure at the end of July so that work to demolish it can begin. Demolition experts have advised Barnsley Council that the demolition will be a lengthy and complicated process, which includes a significant amount of preparatory works which need to be undertaken prior to the structure being demolished. The car park is being demolished in order to facilitate the next phase of the redevelopment work including the new retail units, Cineworld and a new multi-storey car park.
However, to mitigate the impact of the closure, new measures will be put in place before the start of the new football season in August that will mean the closure of the multi-storey does not adversely affect town centre parking provisions.
The 11 sites that will be made available for free weekend parking include the car park at Eastgate College, while free weekend parking will be available on-street at Burleigh Street, Thomas Street, Pitt Street West, York Street, Westgate, Churchfield, St Marys Gate, Eastgate, Falcon Street and Sackville Street. All of these sites are currently unavailable for free weekend parking.
These sites are in addition to the existing weekend parking options currently available in the town centre. Additional options for free parking are also being explored as part of this new interim car parking strategy.
By making more free parking available in the town centre on weekends – shoppers, workers and traders who need space can find it within close proximity to the town centre.
The free weekend parking will be split into zones. In zone one, within 400m of the main shopping area, free parking will be limited to a three hour maximum stay. This decision has been made to allow shoppers to be able to park free of charge within a close proximity to the shops – but by reducing the duration, town centre workers will be encouraged to park in the long stay zones, freeing up space for customers.
In zone two, within 400m-600m of the main shopping area, the free parking will be available all day, so visitors, workers and traders who want and need to stay longer can still park a maximum of 600m away from the main shopping area.
These measures will help to maintain footfall and trade within the town centre during the redevelopment.
The provisions will be in place until a new, modern multi-storey car park opens as part of The Glass Works scheme - scheduled to be completed in 2020.
Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, Cllr Roy Miller, said: “Throughout the redevelopment of the town centre our priority is to make sure that people can still easily access it, whether that is to shop, work, or run their businesses.
“We have a plan in place that will ensure shoppers, workers and market traders can park where and when they need to.
“As with all areas of the development we continue to work closely and openly with our traders as we move forward to the exciting new offer. We will make sure that people are fully aware and well informed about the closure and demolition of the multi-storey car park and alternative car parking available through a range of communications and new signage.”