Great day for Axminster as new car park opens

PUBLISHED: 12:50 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:07 25 November 2016

Pictured at the new park (l to r) Dominic Delany (NCP) Shane Morgan (Axminster Chamber of Commerce), Andrew moulding (ACE chairman) and town councillor Jeremy Walden. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Pictured at the new park (l to r) Dominic Delany (NCP) Shane Morgan (Axminster Chamber of Commerce), Andrew moulding (ACE chairman) and town councillor Jeremy Walden. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Former Websters Garage site is no longer the town's biggest eyesore

The charges at the new Axminster car park. Picrure: CHRIS CARSONThe charges at the new Axminster car park. Picrure: CHRIS CARSON

A great day for Axminster – that’s how civic leaders described the opening of the new 60-space NCP car park in the town centre.

The pay and display park has been created on the site of the former Websters Garage.

Welcoming its opening Andrew Moulding, local councillor and chairman of Axminster Community Action (Ace) said it marked the end of a major eyesore – a site that had remained derelict for some 45 years.

He said the extra parking spaces were much needed as the town continues to grow.

Shane Morgan, chairman of Axminster Chamber of Commerce who was representing site owners Hallmark Estates, said it was a great timing.

“We hope it will provide a good boost for Christmas trade,” he said.

Dominic Delany, Cluster Manager for park operators NCP, said they would monitor its use to determine whether the charging structure was appropriate. He said they would consider extending the four hour maximum stay and look at making season tickets available if the demand was there.

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