CCTV cameras and a new footpath to the foot of the hill will also be installed as part of extensive plans for a 24-hour car park on ‘Donkey Field’ to the northeast of the famous beauty spot. Parking meters will be in operation and visitors will also be able to purchase annual parking passes.
The 131-seater scheme, including four disabled spaces and one for a minibus, was proposed by Sambrook-based firm Design by Nature last summer and approved by Telford & Wrekin Council officials this week.
The company said in a statement at the time that a new car park could make it safer for families to visit the Wrekin, near Wellington, during peak periods when the existing Forest Glen car park fills up quickly, with dozens vehicles park along narrow roads. near the hill and pedestrians are forced to walk on the road.
The design and access statement stated: “Parking along the lane abutting the eastern boundary of Donkey Field has long occurred during peak periods when the Wildlife Trust car park (which can accommodate up to 50 cars in unmarked spaces), located several hundred yards to the southeast at the Forest Glen quarry, is full.
“However, on many weekends/holidays and during the summer, around 25-30 cars may be parked on a 200m long stretch of lane which adjoins the eastern boundary of the site, causing bottlenecks and making difficult for large vehicles to pass.”
The situation was exacerbated during successive Covid shutdowns when families took to the hill for their daily exercise and roads were blocked.
Council officers on Tuesday granted full planning permission for the proposals, with work to begin within three years.
Plans for a toilet block, picnic tables and a catering van have also been approved, with more details to be submitted.