Temporary car park to ease pressure on spaces

Central Beds has announced the former Cattle Market site in Leighton’s town centre will be used as a temporary car park from April.

The news comes after councillors discussed solutions to Leighton’s car parking troubles. Currently, town centre parking remains a big issue, especially on Saturdays.

A council spokesman said: “The Cattle Market site will be used as a temporary extension to the Duncombe Drive car park providing an estimated 60 to 80 new parking spaces.

“The new spaces will help to relieve parking pressure in the town centre particularly during operation of the town market.”

It is ultimately planned for the area to be developed into a mixed retail and leisure space, although no timeline has been established yet.

The council spokesman added: “The extended car park is scheduled to open in April 2015 and will operate until redevelopment of the Land South of High Street site commences and replacement car parking provision can be reprovided within this scheme.”

Off-street car parks were noted to be operating at full capacity on weekends, while a ‘significant’ number of motorists parked on-street have been observed exceeding their length of stay.

Central Beds and Leighton-Linslade Cllr Amanda Dodwell lent her support to the project. She said: “This will provide much needed additional capacity in the town centre, particularly on market days.”