Pothole blighted car park plans stall

wet  One of the many potholes in the Central Area car park  (111123M1b)
wet One of the many potholes in the Central Area car park (111123M1b)

Tadcaster’s main car park is so blighted with potholes it has become a potential danger to use, says a resident.

Retired licensee Ron Lewis, 80, told the Wetherby News he believes the Central Area car park in the brewery town is in such a state that he fears drivers will damage their cars or get injured walking from and to their vehicles.

wet  Pictured from left with one of the potholes in the Central Area car park are Barry Shooter, Shirley Tesseyman, Marilynne Lambert and Ron Lewis.  (111123M1a)

wet Pictured from left with one of the potholes in the Central Area car park are Barry Shooter, Shirley Tesseyman, Marilynne Lambert and Ron Lewis. (111123M1a)

He said: “The car park is in a terrible condition and has been for a very long time now.

“There are potholes between four and six inches deep all over the place. It is a mess.”

He added: “The problem is this car park is right in the centre of Tadcaster and this is the main place for people to park here in the town.

“I am worried that people will damage their cars or even injure themselves just walking around.

“It needs a completely resurfacing and can’t stay in its current condition.”

The Selby council-owned site currently has about 500 free parking spaces.

Mr Lewis, who says he has contacted the council about the potholes and has attended meetings where it has been discussed, says many residents feel the same way.

“The issue of the car park has been ongoing for a number of years,” he added.

Resident, Shirley Tessyman, agreed: “It’s a disgrace.

“The car park needs to be sorted out soon, somebody could get injured walking around there.

“One of the holes I would estimate it is nearly a foot deep. It is giant.”

Selby District Council granted permission for an upgrade of the Central Area car park in April 2011, but Tadcaster-based Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery, objected, leading to a judicial review.

A spokesman for Selby District Council said: “The council has for some time, been trying to redevelop this car park for the benefit of local businesses and residents.

“Recently new planning permission has been granted for a resurfacing of the car park. But this has been challenged by way of judicial review and we must now await the decision of the court.”

“We know that there are concerns about the state of the car park, which is why we have been trying to redevelop the site.

“We continue to believe that redeveloping the car park to offer safe and secure parking will benefit the whole town.”

The council proposal involves resurfacing the site, marking out 143 parking bays, including disabled spaces and provision for motorcyclists, improvements to the entrance and exit, and drainage work.

Samuel Smith’s Brewery were unavailable for comment.