'It seems fine': West Bridgford locals fear closure of main car park in town will be a 'nuisance'

Wheelchair user Rob Tarr and his wife Tania in front of Mercedes car in yellow lined-disabled bay in car park
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Users of the main car park in West Bridgford say they don't understand why it is being closed for refurbishment for a week. Nottinghamshire Live visited the spot, off Central Avenue, on Thursday, June 7 to speak to users ahead of the planned works.

The Rushcliffe Borough Council-owned land will be shut for 24 hours a day between Monday, June 10 and Friday, June 14. Alternative car parking are being provided by the council - but wheelchair user Rob Tarr says he relies on the disabled bays.

He said: "I care. To get onto Central Avenue we rely on this. It'll matter, especially for a wheelchair user. The other car park gets [busy] and it has not got as many disabled bays. We've often been there and can't find a place. It's gonna be difficult. The shops in West Bridgford are going to feel it as well."

The work to the car park will involve improvements to the car park's road condition and realigning the bay numbers in each space. But Andy Robinson, from Melton Mowbray, says he doesn't think the car park looks that bad as it is.

He said: "I didn't know it was going to be closed. This is my car park. We live in Melton Mowbray, but come to West Bridgford to visit my father-in-law. We use this car park at least once a week or twice. If there's something going on in West Bridgford its full.

"It doesn't look that bad. You'd think they'd do the work in stages, like a lot of roadworks are. That surely would be more constructive. There's only that little car park near M&S as an alternative. I don't think it's very well planned. I can't see any notices. I'll have to try and avoid it."

A couple, Mr & Mrs Russell, echoed Mr Robinson's sentiment. They use the car park a couple of times a week, often to go into the town to get food.

They said: "It'll be a nuisance. It'll be irritating. I cant really see that anything needs doing. It seems fine. I can't imagine why they'd spend the money."

Rushcliffe Borough Council is providing temporary parking at Bridge Field, adjacent to the car park, for the duration of the works - but only if it doesn't rain and get boggy.

Councillor Rob Inglis, Rushcliffe's portfolio holder for enivorment and safety, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this temporary closure for the duration of the works to allow a contractor on site each day. The works have deliberately been scheduled to not clash with local sports or larger events and we’re very much aware of the knock-on effect this will have on the town centre."