ROADWORKS which will start next week at Kendal's County Hall car park are expected to last for more than four months.

Cumbria County Council (CCC) is carrying out a series of improvements following a review of car parking arrangements around the County Hall.

The entire car park will be resurfaced and re-lined to provide approximately 250 spaces.

This will also include improved cycle parking/storage facilities, twelve disabled bays, parent and child bays and visitors parking.

Thomas Armstrong has been appointed as the main contractor and the improvement works are expected to last for 18 weeks.

The council will work with the contractor to maintain as many parking spaces as possible while the improvement works take place on site, including provision of disabled bays as well as access to the County Hall offices.

Following a review of parking arrangements, the county council will be introducing a pay and display for car parking at County Hall in 2020.

A spokesperson from CCC said they recognised that the introduction of charging for car parking may be unpopular with some.

"Charging for car parking at County Offices in Kendal will ensure consistency with other council offices located in town/city centres in Cumbria," they said.

"It also provides the finance to improve the car park and will ensure it stays in a good standard of repair.

"It will also contribute to a healthy turnover of spaces and thereby reduce congestion in the town centre.