Due to serious structural deterioration and low demand from visitors, a multi-storey car park in Lowestoft will close to the public in the New Year.
At a meeting of Waveney District Council’s Cabinet on Wednesday 7 December, it was agreed that the Battery Green Car Park will be closed from 6 January 2017 and subsequently demolished. The site will then be redeveloped to provide exciting new retail, commercial and residential opportunities in the heart of the town centre.
Despite regular repairs, the concrete structure of the four-storey building has been deteriorating for many years. Major remedial work would be required to return the building to a suitable standard and, as the car park is not in high demand, any large-scale repairs are not economically viable.
Cllr Mike Barnard, Waveney’s cabinet member for Resources, said:
“The Battery Green car park has served the town for many years however the structure has eroded significantly to a point where it is no longer feasible to repair it. The car park is not well used and with sufficient other parking available elsewhere, closure of the building seems the most sensible way forward.
“It is now important that we look at this decision as an exciting opportunity and we have already started to look at a number of very interesting redevelopment options for the site which will regenerate this area and bring growth to the town.”
Following demolition, the site will be used for temporary parking whilst redevelopment options are considered.
For safety reasons, the upper floors of the car park have been closed for some time whilst evening opening hours were reduced in October due to anti-social behaviour and low demand.
The demolition of the car park will not affect the attached Wilkinson’s store.