Car Park Extension At Council HQ Faces Axe, Plaid Reveal

Plans for a £130,000 car park extension at Caerphilly Council’s Ty Penallta headquarters may be scrapped.

A senior council official gave his expert view to Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group, who asked whether the scheme would go ahead now.

“Unlikely now and finance are aware. Notwithstanding Covid we always hoped the previous enlargement would be sufficient. You will recall those works made better use of the current parking areas so were very cost-efficient,”  wrote the official. 

Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group, said: “This scheme was in the council’s budget for 2020-21 but spending did not proceed.

“There was always a question about whether plans to expand car park was really necessary but the pandemic put this into focus even more.

“Given that there will be much more home working in the future, I’m pleased this scheme will not now proceed. This money would be better supporting improving public transport as we try to encourage more people in the future to leave their cars at home.

“It would have been very difficult for the council to justify expenditure on a car park extension and scrapping this scheme seems the best option,” added Councillor Colin Mann.


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