Visitors to Wrexham town centre are being advised that a small car park in the town centre is due to close at the start of next month.
The Rhosddu Road car park, situated at the rear of Wrexham Library (not the main library car park itself), will close to the public permanently from Sunday, August 13.
The car park, which provides eight disabled parking spots, will close as the former gallery building is taken over as the town centre headquarters for North Wales Police, replacing the current site at Bodhyfryd.
Due to the police taking over the site, the car park at the back of the library will no longer be available for public use.
There has been criticism in the past over the relocation of the disabled parking spaces, with a petition launched by AVOW in January 2016 opposing the loss of disabled parking spaces.
The petition also called for Egerton Street to provide parking exclusively for Blue Badge holders and deliveries, along with addition of extra spaces in the Library car park.
Three planning meetings over the conversion of the former Oriel Gallery into a new town centre police station took place during the end of 2015 and the start of 2016, with approval finally being granted in February last year.
As a result of the upcoming closure of the Rhosddu Road car park, disabled parking capacity at the Library site has gone from 15 to 23 – replacing the eight lost with the closure of Rhosddu Road.
Wrexham Council say that alternative disabled car parking spaces will be available in the Library car park. The nearby Guildhall car park, with four disabled spaces, is also open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays.
Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We never want to lose disabled parking provision in the town centre, but luckily, the Rhosddu Road car park is so close to other car parks that its closure is likely to have a minimal impact on users.
“We’ve also replaced the spaces lost at Rhosddu Road by increasing provision at the Library car park, meaning overall parking provision for disabled users has remained the same.”
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