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Council considering changes to some car parks in Merthyr Tydfil town centre to limit waiting

MERTHYR TYDFIL Council is considering changes to some car parks in the town centre to limit waiting.

As part of the council’s current consultation on the redevelopment of St Tydfil Shopping Centre (ST2) and wider town centre master plan, it has announced that it is looking at making changes to the available car parking.
After hearing from local businesses, council officers reviewed how the town centre car parks are operating and decided they needed to change to benefit the local economy.

This would mean that Gillar Street and the Castle Street (surface, not multi-storey) car parks would have limited waiting.

Councillor Geraint Thomas, Leader of the council, said: “We found that there was enough parking capacity, but those ones most convenient for town centre shopping trips were full throughout the day with long-stay users.
“So, to assist town centre businesses, we’re proposing to change Gillar Street and Castle Street – the surface car park, not the multi-storey – to limited waiting.
“This will increase the turnover of spaces and provide those most convenient for shoppers to access the town centre. Plenty of long-stay spaces will still be available, including the multi-storey, College and River Taff car parks.”

This comes as the council consults on the potential to redevelop St Tydfil’s which will also include a revamp of the original bus station site at Glebeland, next to the shopping centre, which was demolished with the opening of the new Merthyr Tydfil Transport Interchange.

Among the ideas for ST2 are a mix of shops, workplaces and places to live, improved market facilities including additional street trading and pop-up opportunities, more attractive and usable public open spaces, more high quality food and drink venues and more independent and start-up businesses

Those who want to discuss the changes to parking as part of the wider ST2/Town Centre Masterplan consultation, can visit the council’s consultation shop in the shopping centre which is open from from Tuesday, February 14 to Friday, February 17.

Paper copies of the survey are available at the shop and from the Civic Centre and the online survey is available at http://bit.ly/3joV9LJ.