Canterbury City Council is exploring how to offset the problems caused by the closure of Whitstable’s Gorrell Tank car park.
Yesterday (Monday), it emerged that Southern Water has closed the popular car park for at least five weeks in order to repair the stormwater tank beneath it.
Businesses will be able to make claims from the firm to compensate for loss of trade during the closure.
It will have a huge effect on the town as it gets increasingly busy in the early summer weeks and with a Bank Holiday this coming weekend.
A city council spokesman said: “We are in constant contact with them [Southern Water] to try and reduce the impact on Whitstable as much as possible.
“Southern Water staff are in the town today handing out information and speaking to residents and businesses.
“We are pleased to say there is now a way for local businesses to claim lost income from Southern Water. The company will be able to provide more information about this.
“Our officers are looking into potential options for additional parking in the town.
“This may not be straightforward given the short notice and any preparations that would need to be made, such as protecting areas of grass as we head towards peak summer use.”
Gorrell Tank has closed in the past for repair work to be carried out.
Southern Water said this week: “We’ve been monitoring the temporary supports put in place at the Gorrell Tank which has a stormwater tank located under the car park.
“Our recent inspection has shown that these supports need some additional remedial work. We must therefore close the car park for health and safety reasons with immediate effect to undertake this work.
“We’ll reopen the car park open as soon as it is safe to do so. We understand and apologise for any inconvenience this might cause, but we must put the safety of the public first.”
The Thursday market at Gorrell Tank will be moving to the Tankerton Road car park while it is closed.