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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Penrith's court building makes way for new car park

THE site of Penrith’s former court building is being transformed into a car park.

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Down it comes: Demolition work on Penrith’s former magistrates’ court building

Eden Council applied to itself for permission to carry out the scheme to create 158 parking spaces for cars, motorbikes and bicycles behind the town hall, off Wordsworth Terrace.

A spokesman said the court building was “obsolete” and said the building work should be completed in the next few weeks.

The car park would be used by the council during office hours and available for the public during evenings and weekends.

The spokesman said the redevelopment was intended to “alleviate parking issues in Penrith town centre” and to balance the New Squares development.

Parking has been raised a number of times as a major issue in Penrith town centre.

The court building, which opened in 1970, closed in 2011 as part of Ministry of Justice cost cuts.

The bulk of cases that would have been heard there are now dealt with by magistrates in Carlisle.

“The demolition is making space for a key development site in Penrith and helping to improve the town’s built environment,” the council spokesman added.

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