Gravesend’s Market Square car park is temporarily closed until mid to late May to allow archaeological investigation works to take place.
Market Square car park temporarily closed
Gravesend’s Market Square car park is temporarily closed to allow archaeological investigation works to take place.
A number of excavations will happen across the site as part of the work needed ahead of the determination of a planning application for the redevelopment of the area.
The digs are expected to be completed by mid to late May. The car park will be restored and reopened before a similar exercise takes place in neighbouring Horn Yard car park.
Cllr John Burden, Leader of Gravesham Borough Council, said: “Market Square and Horn Yard car parks are part of the area earmarked for the major regeneration of Gravesend town centre.
“Developers Reef Group, working in partnership with ourselves and our trading companies, have submitted a planning application for 242 residential apartments on the site of the car parks and these archaeological investigations are connected with that.
“However, the fact these works are taking place does not mean a decision on the application has already been made. On proposed major projects such as this, it is perfectly normal for developers to get ahead with discharging what they know will be pre-commencement conditions should permission be granted.
“The planning application is going through a thorough examination by our officers and will go before Members for a decision in due course.”
While Market Square car park is closed, alternative parking is available in Horn Yard, West Street, St George’s, Rathmore Road, and Parrock Street car parks, which are all operating at well under capacity due to the current coronavirus restrictions.
Parking is free in all Gravesend Borough Council operated car parks while those restrictions are in place.
Cllr Burden added: “The contractors carrying out the work are clear that all those working on site will do so in accordance with all Government and Public Health England regulations and guidelines covering construction work during the coronavirus restrictions.
“By carrying out the work now, we hope disruption will be minimised when the Government does decide to start easing the measures in place and people start returning to the town centre.”