New long-stay car park for town centre is approved

The old Grantham Road depot entrance and neighbouring house which has been bought to widen the access road. EMN-150626-163223001
The old Grantham Road depot entrance and neighbouring house which has been bought to widen the access road. EMN-150626-163223001

A scheme by North Kesteven District Council to create a new, temporary public car park has been given the go ahead.

The council’s planning sub-committee approved the 94-space long stay car park to the rear of Number 2 Grantham Road last Tuesday 21 votes to 1.

The pay and display parking will only open 8am to 6pm with an automatic security barrier for leaving later.

The former warehouse on the site has been demolished and spaces will simply be marked out. The access road will be widened by taking up some of the garden of Number 2 and will have lighting and a path, along with kerb build-outs into the Grantham Road to assist turning and visibility. There will be parking restrictions either side.

Economic development manager Alan Gray said as the first dedicated off-street car park south of the railway line it would serve railway travellers and town centre employees, reducing the need for journeys across town, making it more welcoming to pedestrians.

Coun Steve Clegg, speaking for Sleaford Town Council, called for parking restrictions opposite the entrance to prevent a bottle neck for passing or queuing traffic.

Mr Gray added the car park was temporary while negotiations were ongoing with Network Rail to acquire land nearer the town centre, freeing up this site for housing.