Improvements to Newnham Street Car Park are set to continue with an upgrade in parking spaces.
In January, it was announced that eight overhanging trees have been removed following a public consultation issued by East Cambridgeshire District Council and replaced with Hazel hedge.
The next step of developments includes the creation of at least six additional parking spaces and the relocation of disabled parking bays.
Following discussions with the East Cambridgeshire Access Group, the current disabled parking bays will be upgraded and moved closer to the city centre and the Paradise Centre for more ease of access.
Newnham Street Car Park benefits from having both free short and long stay spaces available.
Chairman of the Asset Development Committee, Councillor Bill Hunt, said:
“Newnham Street is a popular parking destination with a lot of amenities close by and we’re excited to be extending our free parking offer.
“We are proud to offer district residents and visitors over a thousand free parking spaces in the city centre.
“This is just one of the ways we aim to make East Cambridgeshire a great place to work, live and visit."
A popular tourist destination, the free car parking spaces will only increase visitors to the city.
Local businesses will also see the benefits of more footfall to their premises from both residents and tourists alike.
“Having free parking in Ely is an important feature of our district.” Councillor Hunt says.
“Even in the parks near the station where we do charge, we charge £3 per day and NCP at the Station charge £7!
“It’s hugely important to us that car parks are affordable to both residents and visitors to the district.”
The planned work is set to start after the May local elections.
For more information on free car parking, visit: https://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/parking/car-parks-ely