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Repair work on Lichfield’s multi-storey car park begins

Work to repair Lichfield’s multi-storey car park has finally begun.

Shenstone-based Makers Construction has started efforts to repair the Birmingham Road car park’s concrete floor and ceiling slabs, as well s strengthening the columns, waterproofing the top-deck and reinforcing a number of the facades.

Councillor Margaret Stanhope, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Democratic and Legal Services, said:

“I am delighted work has started to repair the Birmingham Road car park. We would once again like to thank city shoppers, traders and our partners for their patience during the unfortunate but necessary closure of the multi storey car park.”

The repairs are expected to be finished in time for the Christmas trading period.

Richard Foggin, managing director of TJ Hughes, which is the nearest neighbour of the multi storey, added:

“We are delighted the repairs are now underway and that the car park will reopen in time for Christmas shopping. The improvements to the layout will mean that the refurbished car park will be even more convenient for TJ Hughes customers.

“We are grateful to all our customers for their continued support and apologise for any inconvenience that the car park closure has caused.”

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8 Comments

  1. Jonathan

    25th August, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Why are we wasting money on a tiny multistorey car park that’s unsuitable for modern cars? It’s a joke – it’s too low, too tight and was unsuitable back in the early 90’s when we parked out Fiesta in there.
    It should be levelled in preperation for the potential expanded shopping centre.

  2. David

    25th August, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Nice to see that the council is wasting money on a unsuitable dangrous car park when they should be looking forward and trying to bring forward the plans for the new shopping complex, the Christmas period last year didnt need the car park as there is no shops left in Lichfield!

  3. Foxy

    26th August, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    The car park is far from perfect but repairing it is likely to be a better option than demolishing it – Hopefully the repair costs will be recovered from high parking charges. The Friars Gate project is not going to happen anytime soon – as much as i think the council are baffoonish – i reckon they’re making the best of a bad situation.

  4. Driver

    27th August, 2010 at 12:30 am

    “Foxy””i reckon they’re making the best of a bad situation”
    Well as you seem to have some facts about the project to come to such a conclusion – how much is it costing to repair and when is the new starting date for Friars gate ?

  5. Asellus aquaticus

    27th August, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Driver – It’s been widely reported in the local media over the past year or so that Friars Gate is not going to happen any time soon.. Just because somebody is aware of this common knowledge doesn’t imply that they are deeply involved in the financial and political machinations of Lichfield District Council.

    If it’s going to cost too much to demolish and rebuild in the current cliimate, then I’d rather have it repaired – horrible though it is.

  6. Driver

    28th August, 2010 at 12:48 am

    IF the cost is low and if the council have confirmed the Friarsgate is not to be built this decade – a repair that will last some years is quite acceptable.
    However as far as I know the cost is not available to the public neither is a start date.Hence my questions.

  7. F

    1st September, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Driver – I think there are much better examples of the council wasting money than repairing a carpark in a town short of parking spaces. I could be wrong but i expect the council is obliged to make safe or demolish a dangerous Council owned structure. If repairs are cheaper than demolishing it – i reckon its all good. Personally – i think the £100m FriarsGate development was a bit excessive. It’s not happened for a good reason. I’ve heard the economy is growing again so maybe come spring time – you’ll be right ;)

  8. Handyman Services

    19th November, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    this really is a good news, because this way there can be some more space for cars.