CHURCH Street car park in Stratford will be closed to the public during the day from next week as more council workers return to the office post-Covid.
Stratford District Council (SDC) has announced the car park, used by councillors and other workers at Elizabeth House council offices, will be reverting to “normal pre-Covid operation” from Monday (July 4) and so will be closed to members of the public between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday.
David Buckland, Chief Executive of SDC said: “During Covid and the ‘stay at home advice’, staff, councillors and our tenants at Elizabeth House didn’t come into the office to work, so it made sense to open up the car park during this time.
“We know many people appreciated this additional parking facility at this end of the town, however, as operations return to ‘normal’ and we go back to the office, we have taken the decision to revert to the normal operations for this car park.
“Church Street car park will, therefore, be available to members of the public after 4pm on weekdays, on weekends and Bank Holidays only.”
The district council provides ten car parks with more than 2,800 parking spaces in Stratford town centre, with signs on all approach roads and throughout the town to guide users to them.
These are: Arden Street, Bridgeway Multi-Storey, Bridgeway Surface, Church Street, Guild Street (disabled parking only), Leisure Centre, Recreation Ground, Sheep Street – rear access (disabled parking only), Swans Nest Lane and Windsor Street Multi-Storey.
The two car parks at Bridgeway are barrier controlled, ticketless ANPR car parks and also offer up to one hour free.
All other district council car parks are pay and display (card payments only, no cash) and charges apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
All district council car parks are situated within a five-minute walk of the town centre.