Report on Barnstaple multi-storey due next month

NORTH Devon Council is awaiting a report before making some difficult decisions on the future of the decaying 40-year-old Queen Street multi storey car park in Barnstaple. Sections of concrete are coming away from the building and the metal beams and ties

NORTH Devon Council is awaiting a report before making some difficult decisions on the future of the decaying 40-year-old Queen Street multi storey car park in Barnstaple.

Sections of concrete are coming away from the building and the metal beams and ties underneath are beginning to deteriorate.

It is expected to cost the council between �30,000 and �40,000 this year to maintain the car park, while the cost of demolition alone could be up to a quarter of a million and a new car park up to �4 million.

Council Leader Des Brailey saidthe issue was complicated further because there were contractual obligations to provide parking spaces for those who had pre-paid.


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There is also a requirement to provide 75 spaces for a nearby organisation for a period of 125 years, agreed when the top deck was put on in the early 1990s

"I have asked for a report to come to our Executive committee by October to look at the options for this car park," he said.

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"I'd like to stress the car park is not dangerous, but clearly we've had problems with it in certain areas.

"I have had council engineers check it out regularly and they are satisfied it's not dangerous. We are repairing areas as required and ensuring they are kept in a safe condition."

Mr Brailey said there were four options being considered: To leave the car park as it is and keep repairing it; to close it down and do nothing; to demolish it; and finally to knock it down but build a new one in its place.

"If we keep repairing it the cost will increase year on year," he said.

"We could just raze it to the ground, but I am told this could cost up to �250,000 just to demolish it and take the material away. Finally we could build a new car park, maybe another one with decks, but until we have report, we can't make a qualified judgement.

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