Letter: New centre adding to car park usage

The Beaconsfield car park is being used as an overflow area by customers of the new leisure centre.
The Beaconsfield car park is being used as an overflow area by customers of the new leisure centre.

Re the car parking strategy in Bridlington: Which part of forward planning does Cllr Parnaby, leader of East Riding Council, and Alan Menzies, the council’s director of planning and regeneration, not quite understand?

About £20 million-plus has been spent on the new leisure centre with car park, but it really needs an overflow parking area because of the demand.

Ever since the new centre opened, the Beaconsfield car park has been virtually full every day.

This is a car park that is well used by visitors and residents all year round.

It is the nearest parking area to amenities such as the beach, cinema and amusements.

How the site can be classed surplus to requirements, as it was suggested, is beyond belief.

I challenge Cllr Parnaby and Alan Menzies to answer these two simple questions:

1. How are they going to make up or recover the £100,000 the car park collects every 12 months?

2. Where are the 28,000 cars that have used the car park going to park in the future?

As a council tax payer as well as everybody else in Bridlington, I am sure they would be interested in their answers.

Colin Cawthray

Stowe Garth,

Bridlington