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East Herts Council presses ahead with construction of Northgate End multi-storey car park in Bishop's Stortford

Northgate End car park is to close next Monday (June 1) to make way for a 597-space multi-storey.

The project is the first step in East Herts Council’s Old River Lane cultural quarter scheme, which comprises an arts centre featuring alongside a public square and a mixed development of around 150 new homes, retail and commercial spaces.

Once the 143-space car park is closed, hoardings will be put up and services disconnected. Rydon Construction Ltd is scheduled to begin building on Monday June 15.

Northgate End car park ramps. (35299500)
Northgate End car park ramps. (35299500)

In anticipation of the closure of Northgate End, the council created a temporary car park next to Charringtons House with 50 bays.

East Herts leader Cllr Linda Haysey said: “We know that Northgate End is an important car park, but this new multi-storey is essential in supporting the local economy and the ambitions of the town. The closure represents the next step in our exciting plans for the Old River Lane quarter.

“We would encourage walking and cycling wherever possible for people travelling into town, especially in the current climate with measures in place to support social distancing. We hope that the range of alternative options will help drivers to find other methods of visiting the town and using Northgate End.

“The safety of the workforce remains paramount so we will be keeping the works under constant review with our contractor. We will continue to adhere to the latest Government guidance, along with guidance from the Construction Leadership Council.”

Drivers can rent a space in the Chantry area. The cost of a year's permit varies from £400 to £600, depending on the location of each of the 40 bays and how close it is to the town centre. Permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more details of parking in Bishop's Stortford see www.eastherts.gov.uk/highways-parking/details-our-car-parks.

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