A multi-storey car park in the centre of Bracknell is set to close for good this year over safety concerns.
Bracknell Forest Council’s executive meets on Tuesday, July 18 to decide the future of the 1970s High Street car park due to corroding reinforcement within its concrete, which has already led to central parking bays being closed to spread the weight.
Despite the likely closure, structural engineers have advised businesses under the car park they can remain in place safely until 2025, subject to regular inspections.
The executive will also be asked to add High Street car park to the overall Bracknell town centre masterplan, which sets out redevelopment opportunities. It is due to be considered by the committee in the Autumn.
Kevin Gibbs, executive director for delivery, said: “The safety of all our car park users is of paramount importance and so the executive has been asked to consider the closure of High Street car park based on it coming to the end of its life.
“The simple issue is that the car park was built more than 50 years ago when vehicles weren’t as heavy. The weight load of heavy, modern vehicles has put considerable pressure on the structure, which is corroding and cannot be fixed. Structural engineers have told us it cannot continue to be used safely past the end of this year.
“Should the closure be agreed, the car park would remain open until the end of October. There is plenty of parking space within the town centre and so shoppers and visitors should not struggle to find a place to park – alternatively, the town centre is right next to the train station and bus station and is accessible via many cycle routes.”
If closure is agreed it will remain open until the end of October. Work would then begin to secure the site and decommission it – which would be completed before the end of the year.
It is mainly used by council staff working in the nearby Time Square offices and a handful of monthly season ticket holders. Most shoppers already use alternatives.
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