Hotels bank on improved parking spot

Banks Street Car Park before it was resurfaced.
Banks Street Car Park before it was resurfaced.
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Hoteliers have welcomed plans to upgrade a car park which they say is desperately needed in their area.

The council-owned Banks Street Car Park in North Shore has been closed for around six months.

Developer Muse, which is overseeing regeneration of the Talbot Gateway scheme, has now been granted planning permission to carry out enhancement works, including installing new lighting.

Permission has been approved to install 26 lighting columns and introduce a ‘pay on foot’ system which means motorists pay before returning to the vehicle, giving more flexibility for length of stay.

Hoteliers said they were desperate for the car park to re-open.

Gillian Pate, of the Seaclose Hotel, on Banks Street, said: “We have been really busy during the bank holiday weekend for example and a lot of guests were asking where could they park because a lot of the car parks were full.

“It will be better if it is
upgraded. They have already resurfaced it which is good because it was quite a mess before.”

David Dunn, of Hotel Babylon, also on Banks Street, said; “A lot of our guests used to park there so it will be better if it is open again, because there is not a lot of alternative parking in this area.”

The car park, which is adjacent to Blackpool North Station, has been resurfaced and now boasts 312 spaces.