Date published: 19 December 2017
A former supermarket in Gainsborough and surrounding land has been bought by a Lincolnshire council.
West Lindsey District Council has bought the former Lidl site, in the town which overlooks the River Trent. In the short term part of it will be turned into a pay and display car park and has been renamed Riverside Car Park.
The purchase is part of a wider regeneration parking strategy to create new leisure, retail and housing in the town centre as well new car parking.
In addition the council is marketing the existing retail unit to secure a tenant for the medium term, until the wider regeneration plans come to fruition.
Cllr Sheila Bibb, Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee said: “We have listened to residents and business and we are responding to their needs by increasing car parking provision.
“Riverside Car Park is part of our regeneration and car park strategy to provide additional capacity for the town, which we hope will further support residents and businesses as part of our long term goals to support the transformation of Gainsborough.
“In the short term the extra spaces will help support the town centre vibrancy along with the exciting developments already taking place across the town such as the new hotel, restaurant and improvements to the shop fronts on Market Street.”
As previously revealed, the council’s car parking strategy plans to increase the number of spaces available in Gainsborough by 43 per cent over the next two years.
The car parking strategy also aims to deliver:
- 30 new spaces in the Roseway Car Park by September 2018
- A further 140 car parking spaces across the town as the town centre develops from 2020
The council wanted to get the new car park up and operational as soon as possible to maximise use over the Christmas period.
In January the council will carry out improvement works and create an additional 30 spaces, which will necessitate a temporary closure for 3 weeks.
Cllr Bibb added: “We have chosen to do the work after Christmas to minimise disruptions and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by the works taking place but our aim is to complete the work as quickly as possible and we thank you all for your patience.”
As previously reported, the much anticipated, brand new Lidl Superstore opened earlier this month, which links the town centre and Marshall’s Yard. It has 130 spaces and offers 90 minutes free parking for shoppers.
The former site on Ropery Road had 95 car parking spaces available for use by shoppers. This will now be re-opened to the public as a pay and display car park from Wednesday 20 December. It is hoped it will boost provision for shoppers during the busy Christmas period.