Toys ‘R’ Us to be parking for U

Civil Enforcement Manager Darren Stoneman, Cabinet Member for Finance Councillor Mark Lowry, City Centre Manager Steve Hughes

Shoppers, visitors and city centre workers will have more places to park in Plymouth’s West End – including 150 new spaces in the former Toys ‘R’ Us car park.

The empty shop’s car park has been given a lick of paint – thanks to our partners Shekinah Mission – and parking bays re-marked and made wider in preparation for its opening to the public on Monday 24 September.

As well as a thorough clean, the ground floor car park now has 31 disabled parking bays – for better and easier access to the shops – as well as 23 wider parent and child spaces. There are a further 96 general pay and display bays. CCTV has also been installed to improve security around the clock.

The Council acquired the Toys ‘R’ Us site as part of its long-term regeneration programmes for the city centre and Millbay.

It also carried out a review of layouts in other West End car parks to make better use of the space. This has led to

  • 24 more spaces in the Plymouth Market car park
  • One extra space in Woolworth’s East car park
  • Five more spaces in Woolworth’s West car park.

Cabinet Member for Finance, Councillor Mark Lowry

Cabinet Member for Finance, Councillor Mark Lowry said: “This is what we promised and a great start.

“Shopping habits are changing dramatically and we will be talking to traders and businesses to see if there is more we can do to support them. Shoppers need to be able to zip in and out of the city centre, particularly people who visit our independent shops in the West End, otherwise they will just click and shop online.

“This is slap-bang in the city centre and half the price of Exeter city centre car parks – and we’ve made the spaces wider – which we hope will make drivers happier.”

Steve Hughes, chief executive of the Plymouth City Centre Company, which represents the interests of city centre businesses, said: “This extra parking is really good news for the city centre and especially the West End. It’s a top quality car park and just a short walk from Plymouth Market and  the West End. We are really pleased with the parent and child spaces, wider bays and the fact that it’s well-lit and secure. At £1 an hour or £5 all day it is among the cheapest city centre car parks in the UK.

“ We will soon be announcing our Christmas events programme and expect Plymouth to be the place to visit, shop and dine out this year, so the extra parking comes at just the right time

There’s also a new pedestrian walkway at the Woolworth’s East car park and Courtney Street car park has been changed from disabled only to a mix of both disabled and non-disabled use. (Last year a new disabled-only car park was opened in the Marks and Spencer’s courtyard which more than offsets the reduction in disabled only parking at Courtney Street.)