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Lorry park spending approved

A council is to spend almost £800,000 on an extension to a lorry park.

The expenditure was agreed at a full meeting of Newark and Sherwood District Council.

Councillors were initially told the total project costs were expected to be £460,000-£500,000.

There will be 67 spaces added to the lorry park on Great North Road, Newark, to replace those lost to allow the council’s new headquarters to be built.

A concrete roadway is now said to be needed as part of the extension, taking the total cost to £792,224.

Construction of the new council offices, which should be occupied in the autumn, meant the number of spaces for lorries, including overnight stays, was cut from 160 to 122.

The reduction led to a loss in revenue for the council.

It is anticipated that more land on the site could be built on, meaning the number of available spaces would be further reduced to 100.

The council’s economic development and policy and finance committees had agreed an extension to the site to create 67 new spaces, meaning 167 could be available in future.

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Councillors had previously agreed to extend the lorry park rather than relocate it or manage with fewer spaces.

The cost of a new lorry park would have been between £1.7m and £2.2m, depending on its location.

Newark is a popular stopping-off and rest point for HGV drivers travelling to and from southern and eastern ports and the north and west of the country.

A capital project appraisal said if the extension was not approved it would lead to “inappropriate” parking.

The council leadership was previously criticised by members for dealing with the lorry park in isolation to the planning application for the council’s new offices.

Members said they should have been made aware of the £85,750-a-year lost revenue from the reduction in lorry park spaces at the time the application for the offices was considered.

The council has spent around £7m on its new headquarters. It will receive £4m from the sale of Kelham Hall, where it has been based since 1974.

It estimates it will save £420,000 a year in running costs.