Council could spend £175,000 on new car park at HQ
Powys County Council could spend £175,000 to build a new car park at its headquarters after access concerns were raised by emergency services.
The council cabinet will consider a report that has found the car park at County Hall in Llandrindod Wells is overflowing, and staff parking on pavements and verges are causing health and safety concerns.
Issues have been raised by emergency services, who have called for clear access routes to be in place and measures to be taken to stop staff parking on pavements and in non marked bays.
Ideas in the report from Councillor Phyl Davies, cabinet member for transport, include introducing barriers, using existing nearby pay and display car parks or increasing the car parking capacity.
Investigations have found that the council could increase the car parking facilities at County Hall by 45 spaces.
It would cost £120,000 to increase the current visitor car park, and a second option, to demolish the former archives building and build a car park in its place would cost over £175,000.
In the report, councillor Davies said that following a review: "If no reduction in car parking demand is found then capital investment in the corporate car parks may be required in order to meet current Health and Safety concerns.
"This review will be carried out internally by officers in the corporate property team.
At other council offices around Powys, it has been proposed to use pay and display car parks as overspill car parks for council staff.
Due to the health and safety concerns raised, Councillor Davies has also proposed to launch an internal awareness campaign highlighting the implications of inappropriate parking at council offices which cause health and safety concerns.
The report will be discussed by the council's cabinet on Tuesday.