Lichfield multi-storey car park to get wider bays

Work is set to start to create wider bays in Lichfield’s multi-storey car park.

The Frog Lane/Birmingham Road car park has often been criticised by drivers for having bays that are too narrow.

As a result, work will take place in stages from November 30 to December 3 to widen the spaces.

Councillor Louise Flowith, Cabinet Member for Operational Services, said:

“We decided to widen the parking bays in the multi-storey car park, following requests from drivers who told us they sometimes found it hard to park because of the narrow spaces.

“We’re pleased the work is going ahead, and have planned it in so that visitors are not disrupted very much. However, if the car park does fill up, there are plenty of other city centre car parks within easy reach.

“All multi-storey parking permits will be accepted at any of our long stay car parks – including the Bus Station – throughout the works. I hope everyone will bear with us while the improvements take place, as I am sure the results will be worth it.”

The work is aimed for completion on December – the second in the series of Christmas late night shopping events. This is when 50 shops in Lichfield will be staying open late, and visitors to the city can park in any District Council-owned car parks, including the multi-storey, for free after 4pm.  The late night free parking runs every Thursday from November 26 to December 17.

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7 Comments

  1. Class Crisis

    24th November, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I don’t want to sound unduly cynical but this work, is it not just removing some white lines and painting some new ones further apart?

    I assume there’s been some kind of planning, a few people with a pot of paint and a gas torch aren’t going to rock up and play it by ear. Why hasn’t she said how many spaces the car park is losing? Why didn’t anyone ask her?

  2. johnthemon

    24th November, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I suppose some driver would find it difficult to park their vehicles these days when most vehicles are fitted with power steering etc.
    Funny isn’t it that the council have decided to do something after all these years, now when there is talk of pulling the multi-story car park down.

  3. Unconcerned Citizen

    24th November, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Well – i’m a touch suspicious of this.
    Is it because the carpark is not suitable for the weight of the current number of spaces (lots of concrete samples were taken recently)
    Or… is it to reduce parking spaces to justify the need for a multistorey car park in the forthcoming develpment at bird street car park?

  4. Tax payer

    26th November, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    By reducing the number of bays at the multi story they automatically increase the number of NET extra bays provided at the Friargate project!
    Just think for the cost of a few pots of paint they have fewer bays to be demolished and lots of new NET extra bays for new folly which we are told is “still on track”!
    Is it not like the situation at the Garrick – transfer the cost of say wages to the council from the Garrick and “Hey Presto” you have reduced the subsidy paid to the Garrick but the cost to the Tax Payer remains the same.
    This sort of thinking does please some of the sheeple but more people can see through it.

  5. Tax Payer

    28th November, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I note the red – on my above item – what part do you not like as it is all fact!
    Perhaps you could explain with some facts to disprove the above.

  6. Unconcerned Citizen

    3rd December, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Well – it seems the multi-storey has just been closed as its unsafe (unofficial rumour mil)…. perhaps my earlier suspicions regarding reducing the carparks working load were correct.

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