Closing in on carpark agreement
2:11pm Thu Oct 04, 2012
A carpark blighted by potholes and poor parking is a step closer to being repaired after groups claiming to own it agreed a way forward.
It is unclear who owns the land behind the Saracen’s Head Hotel, Southwell. Several groups, including hotel owner Greene King, Southwell Methodist Church and residents, believe they have some rights to it.
A joint statement has been created between the groups and Southwell Town Council to establish the groups’ position so repairs can take place.
The groups have agreed to put aside the issue of ownership and allow the Methodist Church and the Saracen’s Head to maintain the carpark and introduce a parking regime, which would replicate one in place in carparks owned by Newark and Sherwood District Council.
Mr Roger Dobson, a town councillor, said the poor condition of the carpark was affecting business.
Mr Tony Brown said he was concerned that people who used the carpark for long-term parking during the day would instead start parking on roads.
He said: “People will have nowhere else to park so they will park on the roads and cause problems there.”
Mr Dobson said parking problems were unavoidable.
He said: “In a small Georgian town there are going to be parking problems, however, if we leave things the way they are businesses might be in trouble.”
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