‘Use surplus car park as overflow’

Beaconsfield Car Park Bridlington.'NBFP PA1403-5a
Beaconsfield Car Park Bridlington.'NBFP PA1403-5a

Leisure centre users in Bridlington are being told to use a car park for overflow parking after it was deemed “surplus to requirements”.

Gym-goers at East Riding Leisure Bridlington have been told that they can use Beaconsfield Car Park after a “minority” of customers abused previous parking arrangements.

It comes after planning permission was granted to Premier Inn to construct a new 80-bedroom complex and Brewers Fayre pub restaurant at the facility.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is also introducing a one-off £2 charge for new members so they can use the revised parking system from Saturday July 16.

Manager of East Riding Leisure Bridlington, Adam Mainprize, said: “We have had to make these small changes to car parking, because unfortunately the previous arrangements were being abused by a minority of customers, leading to problems providing enough parking capacity at peak times.

“I hope that our customers will soon get used to the changes, and would remind all customers of the alternative ways to get here, including Park and Ride in school holidays.”

The agreed sale of Beaconsfield Car Park last year was strongly objected to by guest houses and hoteliers in Bridlington, after it was deemed “surplus to requirements”.

Members of the town’s Tourism Association argued the proposed location for Premier Inn would not be near enough to the Spa for the facility to take advantage of conference business.

They also claimed parking issues in the town centre would worsen and potentially ward off visitors who might struggle to find a parking space.

Planning permission for the hotel was granted by an East Riding of Yorkshire Council planning committee on May 26.