Coulsdon's Red Lion car park closed down by council
COUNCIL bosses have shut down a controversial private car park in the heart of Coulsdon.
Managers of the Red Lion car park in Brighton Road have been ordered not to reopen it, having failed to meet conditions of their planning permission granted last year.
The pay-by-phone car park became waterlogged with rain shortly before Christmas, making parts unusable.
And on Wednesday this week Coulsdon West Councillor Jeet Bains told the Advertiser: "Star Park Management has been advised by the council that they have not discharged their conditions attached to the temporary permission to use the site for a public car park.
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"The car park has now been closed by them.
"They have been told not to re-open the car park unless they have obtained full planning permission for the use and discharged any planning conditions."
Conditions attached to permission granted in March 2011 included landscaping and planting greenery at the site. They were supposed to be met within three months.
The closure marks the second time the car park has been in hot water with planning authorities.
It was shut down five days after it opened in August 2010, after the council realised no-one had planning permission to use it as a car park.
It is not clear whether Star Park, which leases the site from supermarket giant Aldi, plans to apply again for planning permission.
Star Park, part of national car-park operators Civil Enforcement Ltd, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.
On December 21, company spokesman Alun Marks said the car park was shut for "repairs".
A council spokesman said since it was shut the breach of planning conditions had ended and "the case is closed".