We visited Hull’s worst car park – and found a…

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We visited Hull’s worst car park – and found a…

We visited Hull’s worst car park – and found a disgusting surprise
2022-01-15 05:00:00
Many of Hull's multi storey car parks carry an unfortunate reputation for being dirty and dank dens of iniquity with stained stairwells and small spaces. Of the car parks in the city centre, the worst rated is Hull City Council's Pryme Street Multi Storey Car Park – a concrete shrine to times gone by, tucked away behind the Travelodge to the north of the centre itself. For the latest traffic and travel news and headlines, click here. The car park enjoys an unenviable rating on Google of just 3.2 stars out of five with reviews that describe it as 'dirty, smelly, run-down and unkept.' We decided to ignore the reviews and the warnings of a tight squeeze from colleagues and head to the multi storey and find out if it is that bad for ourselves. What we found was something slightly unexpected. If you can ignore the discarded needles it isn't a bad place to park up (Image: Katie Pugh) “Typical council multi storey car park. Dirty; smelly; run-down; unkept.” As a building, Pryme Street Multi Storey isn't the most inviting of prospects, harking back to the brutalist concrete visions of the 50s and 60s. The divides between the levels are starting to show their age to outside world, crumbling slightly around the edges, but overall the building is holding it together considering its age. The entrance on Pryme Street is narrow and demands a sharp right turn as soon as you enter and the spaces on the ramps heading up the levels are a bit of a squeeze. On the way up to the first level you pass the dusty and disheveled office, presumably partly inhabited by an attendant but they're nowhere to be seen today. A few cones chucked on the floor direct you to the right hand lane as you wind your way up the levels. “Machines didn't tell you how much the parking was, spaces were too small and there was no way to access your vehicle after 7pm.” The reviewer above said they spent the night in the neighbouring Travelodge without their possessions after leaving their car in the car park, I was intrigued to see how easy it was to understand the parking and opening times. The car park is currently operating at half capacity, all the levels above level three are closed to the public. The public areas aren't looking too bad for a building of this age (Image: Katie Pugh) There were still ample spaces on the floors that were open although the ground floor was considerably busier than those above it. A parking machine of floor two displayed a notice telling me that the operating hours of the car park were from 7am until 9.30pm but a poster in the stairwell repeated the opening hours advertised online from 7am until 7pm. It is easy to understand why there is a little bit of confusion, as for payment, it simply says £3 for 24 hours – a flat fee and pretty good value for the location. The car park has free parking for blue badge holders and even comes with a limited number of EV charge points, an amusing addition to a building as ancient as this. “Served the purpose, could do with a clean.” A repeated complaint about Pryme Street was that it was dirty or that it smelt and could do with a clean. To be totally honest, we had to go out of our way to find anything to moan about. In general the floors were free of litter, the whole place has a bit of a dilapidated and dusty feel in the parking areas but it is a multi storey car park, it is never going to have a 'wow factor'. The used needles were in an area that the public wouldn't be going as those levels are closed (Image: Katie Pugh) The pedestrian access onto Prospect Street was clean and free of rubbish apart from a strange black box in the corner of one hallway which was being slowly filled with discarded items but didn't look like a bin. The bottom three floors actually smelled vaguely of bleach and certainly seemed to have been regularly cleaned. Heading up to the floors that are currently closed to the public is where things started to get interesting. Although cars cannot access the areas above floor two, you're free to take a wander up the stairwell. As you ascend, the vague must of urine and other fluids begins to take hold and things ramp up in terms of graffiti and neglect. The roof is completely closed off with gates and chains but someone has still managed to sneak a trolley up there (of course) and there is some evidence that there may be some homeless or transient individuals using the area. Empty alcohol bottles on the floor are evidence of someone having a good time, feces and needles in the corner at the top of the stairs suggest that good time did not last. “Is very dated and the stairwells smell a little but hey you're only parking the car.” The reviewer above gave Pryme Street five stars still, I'm inclined to agree with the sentiment, it does a job and is by no means the worst example of a multi storey that I have ever come across. Where we found the worst evidence of the building being misused was in areas that are not currently open for the public to park in so staff can be forgiven for checking them less often. Locks and chains can't hold back the people who manage to get trolleys everywhere, they're a force of nature (Image: Katie Pugh) Those areas that are being used are clean and look fairly well maintained (for a multi storey car park), there are some modern features (EV points and pay by app) and it is in a good location. I'm hesitant to give it a glowing recommendation as I visited in the day and I'm sure it could appear intimidating at night but then again, there aren't many multi story car parks that feel like safe spaces. It also has some pretty good views of the city from the upper floors if you're into that sort of thing. Hull's worst multi storey car park then, getting an okay review despite the human feces, a sentence I never thought I'd write. For the latest Hull Live headlines direct to your inbox, click here. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will auto-play soon8CancelPlay now

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