Planned £1.5m refurbishment of Abbey Walk car park delayed because it will only generate an extra £90 a day
The Abbey Walk car park in Grimsby town centre
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 13 Sep 2018
Plans to spend £1.54m upgrading the Abbey Walk multi-storey car park's appearance and structure have been delayed over concerns about the cost.
The plan would require the Council to borrow nearly the entire cost but would only increase revenue by £34,000 per year, an average of just over £90 a day.
The Economic Scrutiny Panel voted 6-2 to send the proposals back to Cabinet for reconsideration.
Councillor Philip Jackson, the Chair of the Economic Scrutiny Panel, said: "The panel agreed work needed doing on the structure of the car park, but there was general concern about the amount of the expenditure and the cost of upgrading the aesthetics.
"£1.54m is a great deal of money to be spending, and we want the outcome to be as cost effective as possible."
The full proposal to transform the Grimsby car park into a "safe, welcoming and customer friendly" facility would require North East Lincolnshire Council to borrow £1.34m.
A further £200,000 would come from a local transport grant.
The cabinet has estimated that the refurbishment could increase revenue from it by £34,000 a year, meaning it would take almost 40 years for the improvements to start generating revenue.
The work to the multi-storey car park would include structural repairs to the roof, installing a new lift and new dome cameras to replace the current 22 CCTV cameras in the building.
The scheme would also involve maintenance to the integrity of the structure in to keep it safe in the long-term future. Additional proposed work would improve the energy efficiency and the appearance of the car park.
The £1.54m revamp of the Abbey Walk multi-storey car park in Grimsby has been sent back to Cabinet
The proposal claims it would also increase the number of parking spaces available through the use of echelon or angled parking.
It also raises the possibility of extending the opening hours to help support the nighttime economy of the nearby town centre.
The call-in which forced the panel to reconsider the plans recommended that only structural work be carried out into order to reduce the cost to taxpayers.
Other options available were to do nothing and risk the car park closing, to undertake only reactive maintenance which wouldn't address underlying problems, and to carry out only aesthetic works.
The proposals will return to Cabinet in the next few weeks which will determine which, if any, work is carried out on the car park.