Council car park to get new lease of life



Current refurbishments in one of East Cambridgeshire District Council’s city centre car parks will see its disabled parking moved closer to the city centre as well as the planting of two new trees and the creation of four new spaces.

The landscaping project, which is taking place at Newnham Street in Ely, involves the relocation of its disabled spaces closer to the pedestrian entrance of the car park and the city centre, as well as a new walk-through area with associated LED lighting, planting and benches.

Also, as part of the refurbishment, preservation work to an existing magnolia tree as well as the planting of two new trees will also take place.

The project which started on 25th January is estimated to take eight weeks to complete.

Access to the car park remains unaffected however, a short pedestrian diversion may be put in place temporarily if required.

Councillor David Brown, Chairman of the Finance and Assets Committee, said:

“The refurbishment works to Newnham Street car park provided us with an opportunity to review what this car park currently offers and in consultation with the local access group, reflect on what is required from this facility.

“Alongside the parking changes, the Council is also installing raised planting areas, benches and new trees which will not only improve the visual amenities of the car park but also adds a further two trees to our planting schedule.”