Published: Fri 30 October, 2020
From early November, London Road car park will become a temporary Covid-19 testing centre site and will therefore become unavailable for parking. Parking restrictions will apply from 10pm on Saturday 31 October.
The centre will be managed by Public Health England and their contractors, and will remain in place for at least three months, although this may be extended depending on local testing need.
Having a testing centre in Coalville is of huge benefit to the town, meaning people don’t have to travel large distances to get a test should they show symptoms. In the long run this will encourage more local people to get tested when they show symptoms, helping us to track the virus and keep cases down in North West Leicestershire.
All other council car parks remain unaffected, including the others that immediately surround the council offices. Many of our staff continue to work from home due to the pandemic and we don’t expect there to be any negative impact on the ability for shoppers and visitors to find a space in that area of town.
Please note, the testing centre is designed to be a walk-in centre – not a drive thru. It will operate between the hours of 8am and 8pm seven days a week and invites people to be tested on an appointment-only basis, meaning the number of people at the site is always limited.
We do not expect there to be any disruption to local residents or businesses, with the exception of the London Road car park spaces being unavailable. If you as a resident, staff you work with, or customers regularly use this car park, then please instead use either of the other car parks that surround the council offices, accessed off Whitwick Road.
London Road car park will close at 10pm on Saturday evening and work to prepare the site will begin next week, with the temporary testing centre expected to be up and running from Monday 9 November.