Cumberland Council announces essential improvement works at The Sands and Swifts Bank Car Parks

Car Park Update

Cumberland Council would like to update residents and businesses of upcoming essential improvement works in and around The Sands and Swifts Bank Car Parks.

The project will commence with the closure of Swifts Bank Car Park from Saturday 15 June 2024 (with work starting on Monday 17 June), for approximately two weeks, weather permitting. During this period, The Sands Car Park will remain fully operational.

Once work is completed at Swifts Bank Car Park, the project will move to The Sands Car Park. The council anticipate The Sands Car Park will be closed for approximately eight weeks, weather permitting. During this period, Swifts Bank Car Park will be re-open and will be available for public use.

The essential improvement works will include resurfacing both The Sands and Swifts Bank Car Parks, as well as the junction of Newmarket Road and Newark Terrace, enhancements to the lighting, drainage, and general infrastructure, and a new parking layout with wider, more user-friendly parking bays.


General Guidance

GLL members, whilst using the leisure centre facilities, are encouraged to continue using the Centre’s terminals to register their vehicle for parking. Parking will be permitted in The Sands Car Park from Monday 15 June, for two weeks and Swifts Bank Car Park from Monday 29 June (weather permitting), for a further eight weeks. 

Saver Parking Permit Holders will have their permits valid in both The Sands and Swifts Bank Car Parks during the works.

Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the duration of the works, with directional signage provided for guidance.

Access for NHS patients attending physiotherapy sessions will also be maintained, with access to blue badge parking bays in The Sands Centre Car Park continued.

Arrangements for school swimming coach and bus drop-off and pick-up point are subject to potential alterations, but essentially a safe and clear passage will be maintained as the works progress.

If anyone has any queries, please contact the parking team at

Cumberland Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciates the communities understanding and cooperation.