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Clean-up for 'vile' smelling Gloucester city centre car park

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 22, 2013

Clean-up for 'vile' smelling Gloucester city centre car park

King's Walk car park

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CLEANERS have given the King’s Walk car park a freshening up after complaints about it being used as a toilet.

It has become a haunt for homeless people who use it as a base to sleep rough.

Car park user Steve Rogers said: “King’s Walk car park has always been a problem with homeless and vagrants.

“I have been in a unfortunate circumstance where I had to step over homeless on the top flight stairwell leading to the walk over.

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“This was embarrassing for myself and them. The smell was vile and this has been mentioned by other customers parking there.

“I have already noticed a clean up taking place.”

Gloucester City Council, which operates the car park, swung into action recently in a bid to clean up the area.

Councillor Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The standard of our car parks is something which we take seriously. We have introduced a number of measures to help raise the standard of the council car parks.

“One of these measures has been to lock the stairwells to the car parks at night to stop people misusing them. To do this we have had to carry out works to the ramps and the car parks themselves to ensure fire exits are clearly marked and replace the existing doors with fire doors.

“We also work closely with our car park contractor Apcoa who help us to keep all of the council run car parks clean on a daily basis.”

Homeless people have been known to sleep behind ticket machines in car parks during the winter because they generate heat.

They have also taken to stairwells as protection from the elements outside.

The city council’s car parks recently came under fire from motorists who branded them ‘disgusting’ and run-down.

The Longsmith Street car park was unclean and smelly by one motorist who added that it was like being in a ‘time warp’.

City council bosses have also pledged extra funds to spruce up and modernise some of the city’s ugliest buildings.

Up to £150,000 has been earmarked for a plan to revitalise some of the city’s ugliest buildings, including the Longsmith multi-storey.

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