Car park boost for Phoenix Square customers
Visitors to Phoenix Square arts centre will have access to a new car park with more than 40 spaces from next month.
The city council is to lease unused land next to the cinema in Midland Street to create a 24-hour car park. The land, on the corner of Midland Street, Nichols Street and Burton Street, is owned by Blueprint, one of the developers of Phoenix Square. The city council will not pay any up-front costs to rent the land but will instead split any income surplus to running costs between itself and the owner.
The space will offer 42 parking spaces, plus three disabled bays, and will officially open in early October.
Customers have welcomed the idea. Ray Priestley, 81, from Humberstone Park, Leicester, who visits the cinema with his wife, Maureen, said: "It will make a huge difference. It will be much better for the cinema, as people often don't know where it is."
Alan Morton, 30, an assistant operations manager from Westcotes, Leicester, said: "There have always been complaints about parking, so it will be good to have a car park."
Parking will be free after 6pm. Before this, normal council pay-and-display tariffs will apply – £1 for the first hour, £1.50 for two hours, £2 for three hours, and all day for £4.
Patrick Walsh, marketing manager at Phoenix Cinema, said: "The car park will play a significant role in supporting the cafe and cinema and should bring in new visitors."
Coun Rory Palmer, deputy city mayor, said: "I am sure the car park will prove popular with people visiting the cinema and the other attractions in this part of the city.''