Purley’s notoriously run-down multi-storey car park is set to get a £200,000 face lift from the council.
Residents and businesses in Purley have long complained of the car park’s dilapidated state with the situation coming to a head in August last year when the faulty lifts were taken out of service.
But in September Croydon Council will start work on a £200,000 investment.
The announcement follows a great deal of hard work from Purley Business Improvement District (BID) which has been campaigning for better parking facilities in the town for a number of years.
Simon Cripps, chief executive officer of Purley BID, said: “The BID has pushed for this upgrade to the car park, and I’m very pleased that the council has listened to our concerns.
“Purley’s long-term economic success relies on good-quality town centre parking, which is why this improvement is so important for local residents and businesses.”
The council anticipates the work will be completed to the 424-space car park by the end of the year.
The building in Whytecliffe Road South will get replacements for two outdated lifts, new lighting, an interior repaint and security shutters.
A council spokesman said the investment follows the council’s backing of the creation if the BID in November last year.
Council leader Tony Newman said: “We were really proud to back the Purley BID because it’s vital that we all support local businesses.
“We want to make sure that Purley has a thriving town centre, and by investing in the local economy through this car park upgrade we hope it will encourage even more people to spend time and money here.”
Stuart King, cabinet member for transport and environment, added: “I’m delighted that we are improving such a major car park that serves a lot of local shoppers and commuters, and it shows that this council is committed to delivering high-quality services across the borough.”