Town car park reopens with new features

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This week saw the much anticipated re-opening of Hallfield Lane Car Park in Wetherby town centre.

The car park, which now goes by the historic name of The Cluster of Nuts has been subject to refurbishment and can now accommodate 153 vehicles, including short stay parking and retaining permit-only spaces for local residents.

Wetherby Ward Coun John Procter said: “We have been working long and hard, along with Morrisons who have contributed financially, to get this refurbishment carried out, so I am delighted to see the car park open to the public and meeting the needs of both local people and visitors to Wetherby.”

The redesign of the car park also includes using the latest environmentally-friendly technology, with permeable block paving and an infiltration system being used as part of a Sustainable Urban Draining System (SUDS). Storm water surges are collected then released in a controlled way to minimise flooding.

Wetherby Ward Members, who visited the site as it opened on Monday morning, have welcomed the return of the car park as part of the solution to Wetherby’s parking issues:

Coun Alan Lamb said: “The car park’s distinctive new name is a nod to the history of Wetherby.

“A row of cottages used to stand on the site called Cluster of Nuts and, though the name’s origin is lost to history, the car park will ensure it is once again a distinctive feature in the town.”

Following the refurbishment, the Hallfield Lane car park will offer 110 short-stay spaces offering free parking for all for up to four hours, with a further 34 spaces available for long-stay visitors and nine reserved permit-only spaces for local residents.