Motorists advised of car park closure

Published: Friday, 19th October 2018

Motorists are being advised that a city centre car park will temporarily close from next week.

Birch Terrace Car Park will close from Monday (22 October), as preparations begin to bring Christmas festivities to the city centre.

The Stoke-on-Trent City Council car park has 174 spaces and nine disabled bays. Motorists are being advised of 38 alternative on-street spaces, short stay and long stay parking facilities in the city centre. The Shopmobility service will not be affected and will continue to operate from the same location.

Over the coming weeks, the space occupied by the car park will be transformed into Winter Wonderland, bringing a whole host of festive activities to the city centre.

Winter Wonderland is set to launch on 15 November, as part of a ‘Proper Stokie Christmas’ – the big Christmas lights switch-on event in Hanley.

The temporary closure of the car park will remain in place until 15 January 2019.

Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “We thank motorists in advance for their patience and understanding while work begins to create a truly spectacular Christmas celebration in the city centre. 

“The temporary closure follows similar arrangements last year, when Winter Wonderland helped to attract and increase the number of visitors into the city centre, boosting shops and trade, and providing festive fun for all the family.”

The ‘Proper Stokie Christmas’ event is being run in partnership with The Sentinel and supported by other organisations, including Radio Stoke. The lights switch-on event will also include a stage show, celebrities, pantomime stars, Santa Claus, real reindeer and fireworks, with free family fun starting in Albion Square from 3.30pm on 15 November.

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