DURSLEY'S new car park was officially launched today by the town's mayor.

Mayor Neil Grecian cut a red ribbon and declared the site well and truly open in a special ceremony at 10am this morning.

The 46 space car park is a new free long stay facility located on the old Reliance House site in Long Street.

The car park, which includes disabled bays, motorcycle bays and a cycle stand, will be open 24 hours, seven days a week.

There is a maximum waiting time of 23 hours in a 24-hour period which will be enforced by an ANPR camera.

The site was purchased in December 2017 by Dursley Town Council, who then arranged for the demolition of the existing building in June and July last year.

The car park was constructed during the early part of this year and opened for business on Monday, June 24.

In attendance at the opening were Dursley Town Councillors, including deputy mayor Mandy Woodward; chair of the Car Park Committee, Cllr Symon Ackroyd; councillors Abraham,

Creswick and Hayes; Gloucestershire County Council (and Dursley Town Cllr) Loraine Patrick; Stroud District Councillor for Dursley, Trevor Hall and representatives from the project's consultants:

Bruton Knowles, Outsource Safety and Simpsons Engineering.