The Wokingham Paper

Wokingham car park to close from tomorrow

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WITH the closure of Carnival Pool’s car park just around the corner, arrangements are being put in place to provide customers with alternative parking.

The car park will close on Monday, June 6 to allow Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) to start building a new multi-storey car park.

Disabled parking will remain on the site at Carnival Pool adjacent to the leisure centre, and will also be available at the recently converted Wellington House car park.

All businesses on the site remain open throughout the construction period.

The Burger King customer car park and drive-through will also be unaffected.

Work on the new car park is expected to be completed in spring 2017, and will provide 529 parking spaces.

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Cllr Mark Ashwell, executive member for planning and regeneration, said: “Knowing we were going to be closing the existing public car park during the work, we looked hard
at how we could provide sufficient spaces elsewhere, but close enough, to ensure people could continue to easily use the facilities.

“As part of the project we converted the old Wellington House car park to a public pay and display parking area in April this year.

“We also know there is capacity in the Elms Road multi-storey car park, which is in the process of being refurbished, and also in The Paddocks in the late afternoons, evenings and at weekends where demand for the leisure facilities tends to be higher.

“All of these car parks are only a few minutes’ walk from the Carnival Pool site so are ideal for alternative parking.

“This is an important project for the town as it helps address longer-term parking needs and helps pave the way for the second phase of regeneration at the Carnival Pool with improved leisure facilities.

“We’re hoping the measures in place, along with the signage directing people to alternative car parks, will help minimise disruption.

“People can also keep up-to-date with what’s happening and find out more about alternative parking on our website.”

For more, visit www.regenerationcompany.co.uk

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