Work to create a new 52-space car park in the heart of Ashby de la Zouch has begun with the demolition of the former health centre building.
Marking the first steps towards the creation of a ‘culture and leisure quarter’ in the town, the new car park on North Street is being built by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) as part of the district council’s £1.1 million contribution to the Ashby Neighbourhood Plan.
Demolition of the health centre began on Tuesday (7 November) morning, preparing the ground for the new car park, which is expected to be completed by spring. An attractive redesign of the entrance to Hood Park Leisure Centre will be the second phase of the scheme.
The plan for the town, created by Ashby Town Council on behalf of its community, aims to boost the historic market town’s culture and leisure offer and celebrate the wealth of attractions it is home to, including the popular leisure centre with its unique outdoor pool, Ashby Museum, The Venture Theatre and various green spaces.
Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “The £1.1 million injection from NWLDC into Ashby de la Zouch is working to support the town’s Neighbourhood Plan and address some of the issues that local people have highlighted. This vibrant town has fantastic attractions and facilities; we want to work with the town council to help it thrive.”
Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services for North West Leicestershire District Council added: “This development is a prime location for parking, located very close to leisure and cultural attractions in Ashby de la Zouch like the leisure centre and the theatre, as well as the shops on Market Street. As a local business owner and someone who uses Ashby as a place to shop and relax, I know how much this new car park is needed. The additional spaces and redesign of this part of town support a wider aspiration to support Ashby, which is a vibrant and enjoyable place to be.”
Councillor John Coxon, Leader of Ashby Town Council, said: “Local people who had their say in the Ashby Neighbourhood Plan wanted to make sure our town is vibrant and successful well into the future. The former health centre site is the perfect place to provide new car parking spaces, so I’m pleased that the district council agrees and is able to work with us to make these much needed improvements to our town. I’m looking forward to seeing the car park open and available for people to use when visiting businesses in the town.”