Lynton car park closed for health and safety reasons
A small residents car park at Lynbridge, Lynton, has been closed with immediate effect on safety grounds. The private facility for a handful of residents was managed until recently by Lynton Town Council. Surveys have shown that steelwork supporting th
A small residents' car park at Lynbridge, Lynton, has been closed with immediate effect on safety grounds.
The private facility for a handful of residents was managed until recently by Lynton Town Council.
Surveys have shown that steelwork supporting the concrete deck has deteriorated.
Yesterday, the Executive of North Devon Council took the decision to close down the park.
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Cllr Richard Edgell, Lead Member for Assets, said: "The reserved spaces within the car park can hold up to 10 cars and, even though this is a relatively small number, we realise that closing it will be an inconvenience to those drivers who use it.
"Nevertheless, people's safety has to be put first, which is why the council has had no option but to take this action in the first place."
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The repair works are likely to cost a considerable sum and, so far, an acceptable option has not been secured. Councillors have requested that alternative options be investigated and put forward, taking into account representations made by members of the community. However, in the meantime, the car park will now have to close immediately to prevent damage or injury.
Options for the car park in the longer term may include disposing of it to a local community group, carrying out repairs and opening it up as a full public pay and display car park, or selling long term rights for individual spaces to fund the repairs.