CITY centre staff facing a battle over parking spaces with the temporary closure of a popular car park.
The NCP facility on Stowell Street, Newcastle will be closed to the public from midnight on September 21 until it changes hands.
The car park has 247 spaces and is popular with staff who work in the city centre, as well as shoppers using The Gate and Eldon Square parts of town.
It is expected to be closed for five days until it is reopened by a new operator appointed by landlord DTZ Investment Management.
Rob England, NCP senior head of operations in the North, said: “We received notice about three or four weeks ago to leave the premises by September 26. It will close to customers on September 21 to allow us time to hand it back to the landlord.
“We are not entirely sure what they are going to do but probably it will remain as a car park, so for the customers there is not going to be a great deal of change.”
The 60 motorists who have season tickets at the car park have been contacted by NCP informing them of the situation and cancellation of tickets.
Mr England said: “We have managed to contact almost all of the season ticket holders at the car park, with the exception of a few who we are continuing to try and reach.
“Of course they will be entitled to some sort of refund and we are looking at a pro-rata basis. So if you have only used three months of your season ticket, you will get money back for the remaining nine months.
“There is also the option to transfer to our other car parks in Newcastle, situated at John Dobson Street and New Bridge Street.”
The Stowell Street car park boasts a 24-hour contact centre, lifts and a ‘park mark’ award for safety standards, according to NCP’s website.
Anybody with queries about their season tickets should call NCP on 0161 8178960.