Lichfield coach parking under threat

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Work is taking place to find a new location for coaches to park in Lichfield, according to Lichfield Live.

Should the Friarsgate redevelopment go ahead, the current site in the city’s bus station would disappear. A report to Lichfield District Council has revealed that the developers will not have to provide an alternative.

“While the developer of Friarsgate is required to provide a replacement for the bus parking, there is no similar requirement for coach parking,” the report said.

“Council officers are currently working to find a suitable alternative site for coach parking. “Given the increasing popularity of coach visits to Lichfield and the important part that these visitors play in the town centre economy, the new facility will have to provide at least as many spaces as the current one.

“It should preferably be capable of allowing for expansion as demand for this form of parking already exceeds availability at peak periods.”

The Staffordshire University campus has been identified as one possible location. A coach drop-off point could also be created outside the Garrick theatre as part of the Friarsgate development.

The report explained: “Based on information from the council’s tourism service, it would appear that a site with easy pedestrian access to the city centre would be essential. “Despite extensive investigations, the only site that appears capable of fulfilling this criteria would appear to be the current long stay car parking facility at the Staffordsire University campus.

“Use of this area would fulfil the accessibility requirements as well as allowing for a modest capacity increase and could also take advantage of the toilet facilities already available in the new Friary car park.

“Officers are continuing to negotiate with the university management to try and move this option forward.”