The multi-storey car park in Cannock town centre which closed recently to all users will see further restrictions imposed from today (Thursday) in order to repair an adjacent service ramp.
Structural engineering advice given to Cannock Chase Council has resulted in the Council having to impose a weight limit of 3 tonnes maximum on all vehicles using the ramp. As a result, a 2.6m height restriction barrier is being installed, alongside signage, to prevent and advise vehicles of the limit and to not use the service ramp.
The weight restriction will be in place for at least eight weeks to enable the urgent repairs to be carried out.
All affected users known to the Council had been advised of the potential concerns surrounding the structure. Unfortunately, these concerns have now been confirmed and action therefore needs to be taken immediately to make the situation safe for all vehicles.
A contractor has been appointed to carry out the repair work. It is anticipated that they will start within the next few weeks. Once the repairs are complete the weight restriction will revert back to its former loading capacity of around 75 tonnes.
Temporary and alternative loading and unloading servicing arrangements for affected businesses is being arranged by the Council. Specifically identified car parking bays in Church Street to the front of the Prince of Wales Theatre will be used to provide a solution for those affected.
Normal car parking enforcement restrictions are to be lifted in this area only during this period for the offloading and collection of goods. Signs will be installed to advise road users while businesses are being advised to discuss the alternative arrangement with their suppliers.
The Council apologises for the unavoidable inconvenience this will cause. It is committed to keeping the town trading as effectively and efficiently as possible during this short term disruption.