Discovery of 'potential weaknesses' blamed for Cornwall Council car park's sudden closure

Moorfield Car Park in Truro
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Cornwall Council has said "concerns about adding additional load to the multi-storey sections" is the reason why the busy Moorfield car park in Truro has been suddenly closed. The local authority is currently unable to say when the car park, which contains over 680 spaces, will reopen.

There is added pressure on parking in the city since the demolition of the Carrick House and Viaduct car parks last year to make way for the Pydar development, so the sudden loss of the majority of parking at Moorfield from Tuesday night has shocked Truro's residents and visitors.

The ground floor and outside sections, as well as the parking area for reserved permit holders, remain open, but the multi-storey sections (decks four to nine) have been closed following an inspection.

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A spokesperson for the council said: "We have closed the multi-storey sections of Moorfield car park after a structural survey revealed potential weaknesses in several areas. Safety, as always, is paramount and this closure will enable our engineers to carry out further assessments. We will provide further updates in due course."

Questions have been asked about how it's safe to park on the ground floor if there are concerns with the decks above. The council spokesperson explained: "This is because the issues highlighted relate to concerns about adding additional load to the multi-storey sections of the car park, rather than the structure being able to bear its own weight."

The ramps and stairwells leading to the multi-storey sections have been secured to prevent access. The public toilets will remain open.

The council has highlighted that Truro Park and Ride has a total of 2,588 spaces split between its Langarth and Tregurra sites with day tickets costing £2.40. Regular users can benefit from discounts through multi-day tickets.

Truro Business Improvement District (BID) manager Alun Jones, who oversees the retail area of the city, told CornwallLive: "Truro BID is obviously concerned with the temporary closure of some sections at Moorfield car park, resulting in a temporary reduction in public car parking spaces. We are keen to receive timely updates from Cornwall Council in order for the businesses and public to understand the duration involved, etc.

"There are plenty of other parking options, including private car parks which also offer competitive commuter rates for people who work in town. Also, the park and ride service is an extremely easy alternative option for our customers if preferred to driving into town."

A list of alternative Cornwall Council car parks in the area can be found here.