‘Free’ church car park set to start charging

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A Hucknall carpark which has been used for free by motorists for years is set to start charging.

The St Mary Magdalene Church car park between the church and the John Godber Centre has been returned to church ownership after a 16-year lease to Ashfield District Council ended.

The lease could not be registered with the Land Registry to allow it’s commercial use because part of it was already registered and the car park has become a haven for motorists in search of a place.

Churchwarden David Hosking said: “It is heavily used, particularly now that the tram car park is often full from early morning. Recently this has become so bad that church use has been difficult.

“The legal costs to return the lease to the church have been met from church endowments at Southwell Diocese and need to be repaid for the benefit of future generations and the church, which is a registered charity, needs to find funds to keep the car park in good order.”

Car parking will be managed on behalf of the church by Atlas Parking Ltd.

Parking will be charged from 7am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. The car park will be free from 9am to 1pm for those attending the monthly church jumble sales, after 6pm and on Sundays.

There will be 12 free spaces behind the John Godber Centre for church and centre use.

David added: “There will be no parking at any time on the access road to the car park which has become a serious danger to pedestrians, particularly those with young children, because of parking against the boundary wall.”

The car park will be closed on Tuesday 21st April for renovation and charging will begin as soon as this has been completed.