Car park to get £40k facelift

NAPB 1411047AM1 Southlands Car Park. (1411047AM1)
NAPB 1411047AM1 Southlands Car Park. (1411047AM1)

Funds of more than £40,000 have been set aside to resurface the crumbling Southlands Car Park in Pateley Bridge.

Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) has agreed the funds of £41,903 after it was approached by Pateley Bridge Town councillors.

Mayor Mike Holt said it is good news for the town and the resurfacing has been needed for a long time.

“It’s being done because people have complained,” said Coun Holt. “There are large pot holes in the car park, the lineage is disappearing.

“It does make it difficult for people to use.

“Once re-surfaced, it will smarten up the face of Pateley Bridge. It will make a difference, if it looks fresh and new and vibrant.”

The Southlands car park is currently in “poor condition,” a report to borough councillors said, with potholes and uneven surfaces which can cause damage to vehicles.

“Significant areas of the car park have crumbled and there are potholes throughout,” the report says.

“There are also uneven areas which results in vehicles undersides catching the surface.

“The proposal includes resurfacing, new drainage and relining, new signage will also be installed after works are complete.

“The appearance and operation of the car park will be significantly improved by these works.”

Councillors had considered patching up the car park, as has been done in recent years, but it was felt that a full resurfacing would be more beneficial.

The work is to be carried out by Strategic Property who made a successful bid for the contract.

It is expected that work will begin in the springtime, avoiding any winter weather which might cause prolonged and unexpected delays.

“The refurbishment of this car park will significantly improve the appearance and customer experience of this car park,” HBC concluded.

“The new surface will be able to cope with the heavy use of the car park and it is anticipated that this surface will last for 25 years dependant on usage.”