dark, dingy car park gets a bright new look

South Bay underground car park'Picture by Neil Silk  113703f
South Bay underground car park'Picture by Neil Silk 113703f

MOTORISTS have praised the transformation of a car park once dubbed the scariest in Scarborough.

South Bay underground car park recently reopened after receiving a much-needed makeover by the council as part of their redevelopment of the Spa Complex.

Scenesetters'South Bay underground car park'Picture by Neil Silk  113703a'12/09/11

Scenesetters'South Bay underground car park'Picture by Neil Silk 113703a'12/09/11

Prior to its refurbishment, the car park was branded “underused” and “unpopular” in a report by Scarborough Borough Council.

But following a drive by Scarborough Council to change the public’s perception of the once intimidating car park seems to have been a success, with drivers using the car park branding the change “stunning”.

Stephen Smith often works at the car park fixing its air conditioning. He said before the refurbishment, the car park was “terrible”. But he’s impressed with the changes made by the council, changes that have made his job a lot easier.

He said: “It was horrible, just really dimly lit and off-putting for people. If you had the choice you would never have parked here.

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27/5/08 News'Scenesetter'Aquarium Top underground car park'082213a

“It was never a great advert for Scarborough either, what with it being so close to the seafront.

“But the changes are fantastic, and now that it’s brighter, it’s made my job a lot easier.”

The once dimly lit car park now has new lighting and has been repainted white, CCTV cameras have been installed and the 145 parking spaces have been remarked.

One of the reasons behind the redevelopment was to make the area more welcoming to tourists and visitors to the town.

Dawn Bell, 59, from Cumbria is currently on her regular holiday to the town with husband John and dog Tasha. She’s used the car park in the past, and can’t believe the difference.

She said: “I just can’t believe it’s the same car park. It was just awful before. It was damp, wet and unwelcoming.

“It’s money well spent.”

Stuart Clark, Scarborough Borough Council’s Parking, Harbours and Venues Manager said:

“Improvements have been made to the car park because although it is in an ideal location, close to the South Bay beach, the Spa and a short walk to the town centre users felt it was dark and threatening.

“It is now a much brighter environment and has the added security of CCTV cameras which are manned 24 hours a day.”