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Work underway to address Wishaw parking problems

Work is underway to address the parking problem being experienced at the new Houldsworth Centre in Wishaw, Scotland.

The Houldsworth Centre cost £23 million to build and it features a range of health services, including GP and dental practices, as well as several council services such as the town library. However, the new centre is already experiencing parking issues, which local authorities are going to attempt to rectify later this month, the Daily Record reported.

Patients at the centre have complained about a lack of parking facilities, which is in turn meaning that many of them are having to park further afield and then walk in. In response to these complaints, Motherwell and Wishaw MSP John Pentland has put forward suggestions to improve the situation at the centre.

The main change is that temporary buildings in East Academy Street, which had been used to house services during the construction of the Houldsworth Centre, have now been removed, with this entire area available for parking. Furthermore, earlier this week (19 October) work started on building an additional car park.

Councillor William Hogg, Convener of North Lanarkshire Council’s Corporate Services Committee, said: "A new 190-space car park opening in March on the site of the former health centre will adequately serve the new Houldsworth Centre.

"In the meantime, the council and NHS Lanarkshire are providing 75 spaces on the site of the temporary library which will also help to address the congestion around the new facility."

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