Gloucester's Longsmith Street multi-storey car park to reopen tomorrow with 135 spaces available as repairs are complete

Longsmith Street Car Park will reopen on Saturday (May 18) following extensive work to resurface and repair the Gloucester city centre car park. The first five floors will reopen at the car park making around 135 spaces available to visitors.

The 300-space site has been closed since September last year due to safety concerns. And it has been earmarked for redevelopment as part of the new ambitious regeneration plan of The Fleece Hotel in Westgate Street which could see it turned into an enterprise hub for young people.

However, the car park’s closure has been costing the taxpayer tens of thousands in lost revenue and security costs. And in March this year, Gloucester City Council finance chiefs said it made business sense to repair and reopen part of the site with a reconfigured layout.

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Outgoing deputy leader and performance and resources cabinet member Hannah Norman (C, Quedgeley Fieldcourt) said at the time that some £220,000 had been set aside for the repairs. “The phasing of works means if a new administration wants to repair the entirety of the car park they will be able to, moving forward,” she said at the time.

“We felt it was prudent to do this initial investment in light of what is going to potentially happen at the Fleece.”

Gloucester City Council will continue to monitor car parking capacity across the city and assess whether further work will take place. Longsmith Street Car Park is one of 15 council car parks offering a total of around 2,000 parking spaces for visitors.

Later this year, the new multi-storey car park at The Forum will open providing a further 400 spaces. A spokesperson for Gloucester City Council said: “Currently a number of car parks across the city regularly have spaces but we will continue to monitor the demand for car parking.”

For more information see Gloucester City Car Parks | Gloucester City Council

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