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Temporary closure of Abbey Walk Car Park

4:39 pm, Wednesday, 15th May 2024 - 18 hours ago

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ABBEY Walk multi-storey car park in Grimsby Town Centre will be temporarily closed from this evening (Wednesday 15 May) as a precautionary measure, following the findings of a pre-planned structural survey.

As soon as the last vehicle leaves the car park, the three-storey 427-space facility will be closed. This is to ensure safety and to allow further in-depth investigations. Those are needed, after this latest survey identified structural damage to the main steel support girders on the ground and first floors. The further specialist surveys will be carried out as soon as possible to determine the best course of action.

The above actions were taken by owners North East Lincolnshire Council and its delivery partner Equans, following an annual visual inspection. During that inspection, it was recommended that the more specialist survey was carried out.

A North East Lincolnshire Council spokesperson said: “This immediate action is being taken to ensure peoples’ safety.

“Whilst we understand it may be an inconvenience, it must be safety first. We must ensure that the necessary further surveys are now done before deciding on the best course of action. We stress that this is not unusual with structures of this nature, especially those that take heavy traffic over long periods of time.”

Cllr Stewart Swinburn, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport added: “This action was taken after officers rightly raised issues on their visual inspection last year. Any actions we take now will prevent further problems down the line. In the meantime, we must ensure everyone’s safety.”

Visitors to the town centre are re-assured that alternative car parks close to the town centre have capacity with nearby facilities including Duchess Street, Garden Street, and the facility at the Fishing Heritage Centre. Freshney Place also has its own public car park.

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