A CAR park in Cirencester that has been invaded by scores of tyre-wrecking potholes has been flagged up for immediate repair by the local authority.

The Beeches car park, located at the entrance of Cirencester, has become a nightmare with motorists in recent months due to its untreated surfaces and potholes.

However, change could be afoot after Cotswold District Council told the Standard it was aware of the problems in the car park.

“We can confirm that an order has been placed with our contractor to fix potholes in the Beeches car park. The recent adverse weather conditions have prevented us from carrying out the repair work but the matter is in hand and should be resolved soon,” a spokesman said.

It is thought that the recent spell of cold weather, coupled with an increase in people using the car park, is to blame for the number and size of the holes in the ground.

The 125-space car park has seen the number of motorists parking their car there has skyrocketed in the last 12 months after CDC reduced the price of an all day ticket from £3.40 to £2.

Following the price drop, the council estimated that the Beeches car park would be used at 90 per cent capacity as opposed to 40 per cent before the drop.

In December CDC announced that it was pumping £1.5million into its car parks as part of a major restoration project to improve quality, access and environment.

Cllr Barry Gibbs, cabinet member responsible for parking, said that the project, which is already underway, would begin with Cirencester’s Forum car park.

For more information on parking, visit www.cotswold.gov.uk.