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Parking concerns surround opening of Dundee's new Olympia Leisure Centre

The opening of the new Olympia Leisure Centre in Dundee is creating car parking headaches for the bosses of the adjacent Gallagher Retail Park.

The new £31 million centre on East Whale Lane – which will open to the public next week – has its own multi-storey car park which levies a charge for parking.

The next-door retail park offers its visitors free parking for up to two hours, and bosses are concerned that users of the leisure centre will start to make use of the retail park’s parking spaces.

This predicted influx of motorists could cause “gridlock” at Gallagher Retail Park’s already busy car park. However, a spokesman for retail park manager, Savills, confirmed that parking would remain free of charge for the time-being, with no “knee-jerk” decisions being made in relation to parking fees.

The spokesman told the Evening Telegraph: “There are no plans at this time to change parking management at the Gallagher Retail Park. The leisure centre will be opening in a matter of days and that will certainly add to pressure on the adjacent car park.

“We will be monitoring that and seeing how the situation develops but there will be no knee-jerk reactions at this time.”

The new Olympia Leisure Centre comprises four slides, a 50-metre pool for competitions, a gym and a café, and is yet another step in the on-going improvements to Dundee’s waterfront area.

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