Fears over car park plan for site of old fire station
CONCERNS have been raised about plans to use a former fire station site as a temporary car park.
The former Dunkirk fire station site, off Dunkirk Road, is derelict. But Nottingham City Council has now submitted plans for a temporary car park with 100 spaces.
The area would replace parking space lost at the QMC and University of Nottingham medical school due to the tram project – and would be for use by medical staff and students only.
But neighbours are worried that the move will increase congestion on surrounding roads. Wendy Russell, 83, of nearby Waterside Gardens said: "I think the idea would be absolutely foolish, it would be completely congested.
"It's a very narrow road to this site. They would have to enter and leave on the same little road – it is a worry.
"The people, especially in Waterside Gardens, are very worried."
David Poole, 66, also of Waterside Gardens, said: "There is a concern about the access and it might be busy with cars going in and out every day."
Lesley Fife, manager of Dunkirk and Old Lenton Community Centre, said: "It would be nice to see the site come to some use but it would be better if they put it to some permanent use.
"I don't know what traffic management has been put in place but it's going to add to the problems on Abbey Street and on the ring road."
The entrance to the car park would be through the former access to the Dunkirk Place business units at the north-west of the site, off Dunkirk Road.
The car park would be open from 7am to 7pm.
A city council spokesman said: "If granted planning permission, parking at this site would be limited to approximately 90 spaces and would be available during restricted hours only for up to one year.
"Due consideration will be given to traffic levels as part of the planning application process. However, as the working patterns of those using the car park vary, there should be no adverse traffic issues with accessing the site."
The last firefighters and equipment were moved off the site in January 2009 and the old station has now been demolished.
A spokeswoman for Notts Fire and Rescue Service said: "It's an empty site and if it can be used on a temporary basis, we are happy to support it."